Low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election yields challenges and some takeaways

Low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election yields challenges and some takeaways

Tuesday’s primary election to decide the top two candidates for November’s general election ballot was predicted to have a turnout into the high 40 percentile; that did not happen. As of today (Thursday), voter turnout is hovering at 26 percent, much lower than projected, making the primary’s results less of an indicator of general election performance than usual. The opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate and several high profile initiatives appearing on the November ballot may very well dramatically impact the amount of voters casting their ballots in November, meaning each candidate has to run a very competitive race from now to November to secure a victory. All this said, here are a few things we do know from Tuesday’s primary results:

  • Democrats turned out much stronger than Republicans for Tuesday’s primary, primarily due to very competitive races for Congress in the 1st, 6th and 10th Congressional Districts, as well as strong GOTV pushes by Democrats in several key state legislative races.
  • Primary election results for the gubernatorial race are very close, reaffirming the belief that Washington state may very well host the most hotly contested election for governor in the country.
  • Several Washington State Senate races will be very close. Races in the 1st, 5th, 10th, and 17th legislative districts are all proving to be the races to watch.
  • WRA member Mark Mullet, running for State Senate in the 5th Legislative District and a franchisee operator of both Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry’s, in Issaquah, did very well in his primary contest garnering 53 percent of the vote

WRA’s Government Affairs team will evaluate the primary election results and make recommendations to our Government Affairs Committee for additional PAC allocations for the general election. If you have any questions or would like to get more involved, please contact Shannon Garland on the GA team at shannon.garland@wrahome.com.