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 →
Turnout 75.46%
  Maria Cantwell, official portrait, 110th Congress 2.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%

Washington Senate Election Results by County 2000.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Slade Gorton
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell
Democratic

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]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

General Election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Maria Elaine Cantwell 1,199,437 48.73% +4.48%
Republican Slade Gorton (Incumbent) 1,197,208 48.64% -7.11%
Libertarian Jeff Jared 64,734 2.63% +2.6%
Plurality 2,229
Turnout 2,461,379 100% +761,206

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.

On November 17, 2000, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed declared Cantwell the senator-elect.

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