2012 Washington Secretary of State election

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2012 Washington Secretary of State election

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Nominee Kim Wyman Kathleen Drew
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,464,741 1,442,868
Percentage 50.38% 49.62%

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County results

Wyman:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Drew:      50–60%      60–70%

Secretary of State before election

Sam Reed

Elected Secretary of State

Kim Wyman

The Washington Secretary of State election, 2012, took place on November 6, 2012. Republican Kim Wyman was elected Secretary of State to succeed incumbent Republican Sam Reed, who did not seek re-election.

Primary election[edit]

The primary election took place in August. Under Washington's top-two primary system, introduced in the early 2000s, the primary was designed to narrow the field of candidates to two, rather than select specific party nominees, and candidates could designate themselves as affiliated with any political party, whether it existed or not.

Seven candidates contested the primary:

Wyman and Drew scored the most votes in the primary contest, thereby becoming the two candidates to advance to the general election. Wyman received 39.75-percent of the vote and Drew 21.73-percent.

General election[edit]

Republican Kim Wyman won the general election in a close-fought contest, and was the only Republican elected to statewide office in Washington. She was endorsed in the election by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin,[1] The Wenatchee World,[2] the Tri-City Herald,[3] and The Seattle Times.[4] She was also endorsed by the Washington Education Association,[5] which typically endorsed Democrats.[3]

With Wyman's victory, Republicans extended their control of the office of Secretary of State of Washington to 48 consecutive years, having won each of the preceding 12 elections.


  1. ^ "Kim Wyman clear choice for Washington's secretary of state". Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. 12 October 2012. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Kim Wyman for secretary of state". The Wenatchee World. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Kim Wyman best choice for secretary of state". Tri-City Herald. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Editorial: The Times recommends Kim Wyman for Washington's secretary of state". The Seattle Times. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ "WEA-PAC recommends Kim Wyman for election as Secretary of State". Washington Education Association. Retrieved 26 November 2012.