State Relations

August 5, 2020

WA State holds primary election

The 2020 primary election was held yesterday, Aug. 4. Washington’s top-two primary system allows voters to choose any candidate running in each race, regardless of political party. The two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election on Nov. 3.

There are more than 4.6 million registered voters in Washington who vote entirely by mail. While ballots will continue to be collected and counted over the next several weeks, the state is already seeing higher voter turnout rates than the 2016 primary election. The election results will be certified by the Secretary of State by Aug. 21.

The Washington State House of Representatives has 98 seats and the Senate has 49. Democrats currently control both the House (57-41) and Senate (28-21). This election cycle, all 98 House seats are up for election, as are 26 of the Senate seats. Also on the ballot are the state’s 10 U.S. Representative seats and all statewide positions, including Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Public Lands, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Insurance Commissioner.

To view the results, click here. They are updated daily until Aug. 18.