2016 Washington Treasurer election

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Washington Treasurer election, 2016

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Nominee Duane Davidson Michael Waite
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 1,576,580 1,134,843
Percentage 58.15% 41.85%

Treasurer before election

Jim McIntire

Elected Treasurer

Duane Davidson

The 2016 Washington Treasurer election was held on November 8, 2016 to elect the Treasurer of the United States State of Washington. It was preceded by a primary election held on August 2, 2016 which narrowed a field of five candidates to two finalists.


The decision of incumbent Treasurer James McIntire not to seek reelection sparked a competitive race for the office of Treasurer with five candidates registering to compete in the contest: Democrat John Paul Comerford, Republican Duane Davidson (Treasurer of Benton County, Washington), Democrat Alec Fisken (former commissioner of the Port of Seattle), Democrat Marko Liias (a member of the Washington State Senate), and Republican Michael Waite (an investment banker).[1]

Primary election[edit]

Under Washington's top-two primary system, the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes, regardless of party, would advance to the general election. The primary was won by Republicans Duane Davidson and Michael Waite, marking the first time since the top-two system had been instituted that both of the primary slots in any statewide race had been won by Republicans.[2]

Washington Treasurer primary election, 2016[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duane Davidson 322,374 25.09
Republican Michael Waite 299,766 23.33
Democratic Marko Liias 261,633 20.36
Democratic John Paul Comerford 230,904 17.97
Democratic Alec Fiskin 170,117 13.24
Total votes 1,284,794 100

General election[edit]

In the general election, Duane Davidson received the endorsements of every county treasurer in Washington state, both Democrat and Republican, as well as Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Michael Waite was endorsed by former state Auditor Brian Sonntag and former state Attorney-General Rob McKenna.[4]

Davidson won the general election for Treasurer. This was the first time a Republican had been elected to the office of Treasurer of Washington in more than 50 years.[2]

Washington Treasurer general election, 2016[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duane Davidson 1,576,580 58.15
Republican Michael Waite 1,134,843 41.85
Total votes 2,711,423 100

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Orenstein, Walker (June 12, 2016). "Open race for state treasurer could snap long Democratic lock". Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Geranios, Nicholas (September 20, 2016). "Washington state treasurer race a GOP showdown". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "August 2, 2016 Primary Results". Elections & Voting. Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Waite has leg up in GOP-only treasurer race". The Olympian. October 20, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Results". Elections & Voting. Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved December 22, 2016.