2018 Washington State Senate election

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Washington State Senate elections, 2018

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25 of 49 seats in the Washington State Senate
25 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Karen Keiser 2011.jpg
Leader Karen Keiser Mark Schoesler
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 33rd-Des Moines 9th-Ritzville
Last election 24[a] 25[a]
Seats before 25 24
Seats won 28[a] 21[a]
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3
Popular vote 982,741 516,476
Percentage 64.55% 33.92%

President pro tempore before election

Karen Keiser
Democratic

Elected President pro tempore

Karen Keiser
Democratic

The 2018 Washington State Senate elections took place as part of the biennial United States elections. Washington state voters elected state senators in 25 of the state's 49 Senate districts. The other 24 state senators are not up for re-election until the next biennial election in 2020. State senators serve four-year terms in the Washington State Senate. A statewide map of Washington's state legislative districts is provided by the Washington State Legislature here.

A top two primary election on August 7, 2018 determined which candidates appear on the November 6 general election ballot. Each candidate is allowed to write in her or his party preference so that it appears as she or he desires on the ballot.[1]

Following the 2016 state senate elections, Republicans maintained effective control of the Senate, 25–24 because self-identified Democrat Tim Sheldon caucuses with the Republicans. However, in 2017 Democrats regained control of the Washington State Senate after Democrat Manka Dhingra won a special election in Washington's 45th legislative district.

Democrats expanded their caucus's majority to 28–21 by further flipping the 26th, 30th, and 47th districts. Tim Sheldon was reelected as a Democrat but will continue to caucus with the Republicans.

Summary of Results by State Senate District[edit]

  • Districts not shown are not up for election until 2020
    ** Incumbent did not seek re-election.
State Senate District Incumbent Party Elected Senator Party
6th Michael Baumgartner** Rep Jeff Holy Rep
7th Shelly Short Rep Shelly Short Rep
8th Sharon Brown Rep Sharon Brown Rep
13th Judy Warnick Rep Judy Warnick Rep
15th Jim Honeyford Rep Jim Honeyford Rep
21st Marko Liias Dem Marko Liias Dem
26th Jan Angel** Rep Emily Randall Dem
29th Steve Conway Dem Steve Conway Dem
30th Mark Miloscia Rep Claire Wilson Dem
31st Phil Fortunato Rep Phil Fortunato Rep
32nd Maralyn Chase Dem Jesse Salomon Dem
33rd Karen Keiser Dem Karen Keiser Dem
34th Sharon Nelson** Dem Joe Nguyen Dem
35th Tim Sheldon Rep* Tim Sheldon Rep*
36th Reuven Carlyle Dem Reuven Carlyle Dem
37th Rebecca Saldaña Dem Rebecca Saldaña Dem
38th John McCoy Dem John McCoy Dem
39th Keith Wagoner Rep Keith Wagoner Rep
42nd Doug Ericksen Rep Doug Ericksen Rep
43rd Jamie Pedersen Dem Jamie Pedersen Dem
44th Steve Hobbs Dem Steve Hobbs Dem
45th Manka Dhingra Dem Manka Dhingra Dem
46th David Frockt Dem David Frockt Dem
47th Joe Fain Rep Mona Das Dem
48th Patty Kuderer Dem Patty Kuderer Dem
*Tim Sheldon self-identifies as a Democrat but caucuses with the Republicans.

Source: [2]

Detailed Primary & General Election Results by Senate District[edit]

District 6District 7District 8District 13District 15District 21District 26District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48

District 6[edit]

Washington's 6th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Holy 23,258 52.2
Democratic Jessa Lewis 21,281 47.8
Total votes 44,539 100.0
General election
Republican Jeff Holy 34,676 55.1
Democratic Jessa Lewis 28,290 44.9
Total votes 62,966 100.0
Republican hold

District 7[edit]

Washington's 7th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Shelly Short (incumbent) 30,850 67.1
Democratic Karen Hardy 15,101 32.9
Total votes 45,951 100.0
General election
Republican Shelly Short (incumbent) 46,261 69.1
Democratic Karen Hardy 20,683 30.9
Total votes 66,944 100.0
Republican hold

District 8[edit]

Washington's 8th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sharon Raye Brown (incumbent) 19,100 60.8
Democratic Leo Perales 10,699 34.1
Libertarian Ryan Cooper 1,615 5.1
Total votes 31,414 100.0
General election
Republican Sharon Raye Brown (incumbent) 38,988 67.9
Democratic Leo Perales 18,436 32.1
Total votes 57,424 100.0
Republican hold

District 13[edit]

Washington's 13th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Judy Warnick (incumbent) 21,245 100.0
General election
Republican Judy Warnick (incumbent) 37,621 100.0
Republican hold

District 15[edit]

Washington's 15th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Honeyford (incumbent)[b] 12,013 66.7
Democratic Bengie Aguilar 5,987 33.3
Total votes 18,000 100.0
General election
Republican Jim Honeyford (incumbent)[b] 15,961 63.7
Democratic Bengie Aguilar 9,076 36.3
Total votes 25,037 100.0
Republican hold

District 21[edit]

Washington's 21st State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marko Liias (incumbent) 15,176 48.8
Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore 9,637 31.0
Democratic Riaz Khan 4,076 13.1
Independent Scott West 2,206 7.1
Total votes 31,095 100.0
General election
Democratic Marko Liias (incumbent) 37,339 63.2
Republican Mario Lionel Lotmore 21,787 36.8
Total votes 59,126 100.0
Democratic hold

District 26[edit]

Washington's 26th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Emily Randall 19,913 49.6
Republican Marty McClendon 18,633 46.4
Independent Bill Scheidler 1,621 4.0
Total votes 40,167 100.0
General election
Democratic Emily Randall 34,606 50.1
Republican Marty McClendon 34,518 49.9
Total votes 69,124 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 29[edit]

Washington's 29th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Conway (incumbent) 11,155 67.7
Independent Pierre Malebranche 5,324 32.3
Total votes 16,479 100.0
General election
Democratic Steve Conway (incumbent) 22,647 63.1
Independent Pierre Malebranche 13,268 36.9
Total votes 35,915 100.0
Democratic hold

District 30[edit]

Washington's 30th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Miloscia (incumbent) 12,332 48.1
Democratic Claire Wilson 9,833 38.3
Democratic Tirzah Idahosa 3,495 13.6
Total votes 25,660 100.0
General election
Democratic Claire Wilson 25,294 54.2
Republican Mark Miloscia (incumbent) 21,420 45.8
Total votes 46,714 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 31[edit]

Washington's 31st State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Fortunato (incumbent) 18,056 56.1
Democratic Immaculate Ferreria 12,199 37.9
Independent Jeff Benson 1,947 6.0
Total votes 32,202 100.0
General election
Republican Phil Fortunato (incumbent) 37,395 60.0
Democratic Immaculate Ferreria 24,966 40.0
Total votes 62,361 100.0
Republican hold

District 32[edit]

Washington's 32nd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse Salomon 14,477 38.2
Democratic Maralyn Chase (incumbent) 14,309 37.8
Republican James Wood 9,104 24.0
Total votes 37,890 100.0
General election
Democratic Jesse Salomon 40,681 69.2
Democratic Maralyn Chase (incumbent) 18,136 30.8
Total votes 58,817 100.0
Democratic hold

District 33[edit]

Washington's 33rd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Karen Keiser (incumbent) 16,564 68.4
Republican Kun Wang[c] 6,017 24.9
Libertarian Charles Schaefer 1,629 6.7
Total votes 24,210 100.0
General election
Democratic Karen Keiser (incumbent) 32,363 71.9
Republican Kun Wang[c] 12,681 28.1
Total votes 45,044 100.0
Democratic hold

District 34[edit]

Washington's 34th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Nguyen 14,019 31.1
Democratic Shannon Braddock 11,114 24.7
Democratic Lois Schipper 4,365 9.7
Democratic Sofia Aragon 4,099 9.1
Republican Darla Green 3,523 7.8
Republican Courtney Lyle 2,690 6.0
Independent Debi Wagner 1,450 3.2
Democratic Lisa Ryan Devereau 1,310 2.9
Democratic Annabel Quintero 1,226 2.7
Independent Hillary Shaw 790 1.7
Democratic Lemuel W. Charleston 476 1.1
Total votes 45,062 100.0
General election
Democratic Joe Nguyen 40,256 58.3
Democratic Shannon Braddock 28,817 41.7
Total votes 69,073 100.0
Democratic hold

District 35[edit]

Washington's 35th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Irene Bowling 14,171 38.2
Democratic Tim Sheldon (incumbent) 13,032 35.2
Republican John Martin 4,552 12.3
Republican Marco Brown 3,747 10.1
Republican George Sevier 1,576 4.2
Total votes 37,058 100.0
General election
Democratic Tim Sheldon (incumbent) 30,503 52.1
Democratic Irene Bowling 28,002 47.9
Total votes 58,505 100.0
Democratic hold

District 36[edit]

Washington's 36th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Reuven Carlyle (incumbent) 45,284 89.4
Libertarian Bryan Simonson 5,389 10.6
Total votes 50,673 100.0
General election
Democratic Reuven Carlyle (incumbent) 78,245 89.0
Libertarian Bryan Simonson 9,643 11.0
Total votes 87,888 100.0
Democratic hold

District 37[edit]

Washington's 37th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rebecca Saldaña (incumbent) 32,657 89.7
Republican Beth Broadway 3,733 10.3
Total votes 36,390 100.0
General election
Democratic Rebecca Saldaña (incumbent) 57,101 89.0
Republican Beth Broadway 7,051 11.0
Total votes 64,152 100.0
Democratic hold

District 38[edit]

Washington's 38th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John McCoy (incumbent) 10,235 40.1
Republican Savio Pham[c] 7,843 30.7
Democratic Bruce Overstreet 7,460 29.2
Total votes 25,538 100.0
General election
Democratic John McCoy (incumbent) 29,428 59.8
Republican Savio Pham[c] 19,771 40.2
Total votes 49,199 100.0
Democratic hold

District 39[edit]

Washington's 39th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claus Joens 11,521 37.8
Republican Keith L. Wagoner (incumbent) 9,186 30.2
Republican Elizabeth Scott 8,239 27.0
Independent Jamal Rabieh 1,523 5.0
Total votes 30,469 100.0
General election
Republican Keith L. Wagoner (incumbent) 33,907 58.9
Democratic Claus Joens 23,669 41.1
Total votes 57,576 100.0
Republican hold

District 42[edit]

Washington's 42nd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Ericksen (incumbent) 19,177 45.8
Democratic Pinky Vargas 12,067 28.9
Democratic Tim Ballew II 10,578 25.3
Total votes 41,822 100.0
General election
Republican Doug Ericksen (incumbent) 36,200 50.0
Democratic Pinky Vargas 36,142 50.0
Total votes 72,342 100.0
Republican hold

District 43[edit]

Washington's 43rd State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jamie Pedersen (incumbent) 42,426 90.6
Republican Dan Harder 4,401 9.4
Total votes 46,827 100.0
General election
Democratic Jamie Pedersen (incumbent) 75,660 90.6%
Republican Dan Harder 7,965 9.52%
Total votes 83,625 100.0
Democratic hold

District 44[edit]

Washington's 44th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Hobbs (incumbent) 19,509 55.12
Republican Doug Roulstone 14,522 41.03
Libertarian Jeremy Fitch 1,365 3.86
Total votes 35,396 100.0
General election
Democratic Steve Hobbs (incumbent) 37,656 56.12
Republican Doug Roulstone 29,445 43.88
Total votes 67,101 100.0
Democratic hold

District 45[edit]

Washington's 45th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Manka Dhingra (incumbent) 26,052 63.74
Republican Dale Fonk 14,822 36.26
Total votes 40,874 100.0
General election
Democratic Manka Dhingra (incumbent) 45,264 63.43
Republican Dale Fonk 26,100 36.57
Total votes 71,364 100.0
Democratic hold

District 46[edit]

Washington's 46th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Frockt (incumbent) 39,219 82.41
Republican Beth Daranciang 8,371 17.59
Total votes 47,590 100.0
General election
Democratic David Frockt (incumbent) 65,182 82.48
Republican Beth Daranciang 13,842 17.52
Total votes 79,004 100.0
Democratic hold

District 47[edit]

Washington's 47th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Fain (incumbent) 16,040 53.71
Democratic Mona Das 13,823 46.29
Total votes 29,863 100.0
General election
Democratic Mona Das 28,394 50.88
Republican Joe Fain (incumbent) 27,413 49.12
Total votes 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 48[edit]

Washington's 48th State Senate district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patty Kuderer (incumbent) 18,698 60.08
Democratic Rodney Tom 9,175 29.48
Independent Bill Hirt 3,251 10.45
Total votes 31,124 100.0
General election
Democratic Patty Kuderer (incumbent) 33,533 65.04
Democratic Rodney Tom 18,027 34.96
Total votes 51,560 100.0
Democratic hold
  1. ^ a b c d One Democrat, Tim Sheldon, caucuses with the Republicans, which gave them majority control from 2013 to November 2017, and is counted in the Republican seats
  2. ^ a b Listed on ballot as "GOP Party."
  3. ^ a b c d Listed on ballot as "Ind. Republican."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/Top2PrimaryFAQ.aspx
  2. ^ "Washington State Senate elections, 2018". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 24 July 2018.