United States Senate election in Washington, 2000

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United States Senate election in Washington, 2000
Washington (state)
1994 ←
November 7, 2000
→ 2006

  Maria Cantwell, official portrait, 110th Congress.jpg Slade Gorton, official Senate photo portrait.jpg
Nominee Maria Cantwell Slade Gorton
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,199,437 1,197,208
Percentage 48.7% 48.6%


County results

U.S. Senator before election

Slade Gorton

Elected U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

The 2000 United States Senate election in Washington was held on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was seeking reelection to a third consecutive term (fourth overall), but was unseated for a second time (the first being 1986) by former Congresswoman Maria Cantwell.

Major candidates[edit]



Since Maria Cantwell had only won by 2,229 votes, an automatic recount was triggered. Cantwell won the recount, but it was still one of the closest elections in Washington State history.[citation needed] On November 17, 2000 Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed declared Cantwell the senator-elect.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Maria Cantwell 1,199,437 48.7%
Republican Slade Gorton (Inc.) 1,197,208 48.6%
Libertarian Jeff Jared 64,734 2.6%


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm#47