With a little more than 9,000 votes to count, it seems that Whatcom County races have been decided.
The real interesting race in Whatcom County is inside the 42nd district. Matt Krogh is challenging freshman Vincent Buys and Natalie McClendon is challenging Jason Overstreet. Buys doesn’t have much of a record and Rep. Overstreet doesn’t even get along with members of his (Republican) party. Numbers today and yesterday show the same margin, with McClendon and Krogh behind by about 7%. Riley Sweeney from The Political Junkie quoted Matt, who said that the results were “within our margin of victory. When you figure in the conservative swing of the low turnout, this is a success.”
The intriguing part about the 42nd is that both Matt and Natalie are behind by the same margin against their opponents, showing that voters who vote for one candidate will vote for the other, suggesting perhaps a closer coordination is needed between the two campaigns.
Rep. Kris Lytton ran an uncontested race, so no news there. Both Senator Kevin Ranker and Rep. Jeff Morris have won handily, and from all looks these two distinguished officials will win the general election and continue to serve their constituents well in Olympia.
In Spokane, Amy Biviano came behind her opponent, Matt Shea, the incumbent Republican who has been cited for pulling an illegal gun on another driver during a road incident. This is the only notable race in the 4th, as the two other Republicans in the 4th legislative district ran uncontested campaigns. In the 6th, Rep. Andy Billig, running for retiring Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s seat, continues to trump Spokane City Council Member Nancy McLaughlin with almost 58 percent of the vote, and Marcus Riccelli leads the field in the race to replace Rep. Billig. Riccelli was running against two other Democrats and two Republicans in the primary, and will face off against Tim Benn in the general election.
With ground to be gained in the 42nd and the 4th, it seems that, with strong campaigns, conservatives in the area can be kicked out of the legislature. Spokane is not the conservative stronghold many believe it is, and with more voters turning out in the general election, the news for our state could be reservedly optimistic.