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November's candidates for state offices emerge from yesterday's Primary Election

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will face off against Michael Baumgartner and Jay Inslee will compete against Rob McKenna for the governor's seat in November's general election.

With roughly a quarter of ballots sent out for the election returned, most of the names for the November ballot are already decided.

The incumbent Democratic senator, Cantwell, leads with 55.77 percent of the vote to the Republican challenger Baumgartner's 30.24 percent. No other candidate on the ballot for U.S. Senator earned more than 3 percent of the vote.

"This campaign is about ideas and solutions to fix our economy, but just as important will be the focus on Cantwell's record," Baumgartner said. "I'm looking forward to moving on and getting the conversation started."

The governor's race between the Republican McKenna and Democrat Inslee is closer, with McKenna earning 42.93 percent of the vote to Inslee's 46.77 percent. No other candidate on the ballot earned more than 4 percent.

"Whether it's jobs in clean energy, aerospace, high tech, agriculture - or any industry - I have faith in Washington workers on both sides of the Cascades," said Inslee. "I'll be a governor who won't accept things as they are now, but will plow new ground and bring a new, independent approach to creating jobs for the people of our state."

Democratic candidate Brad Owen received the most votes for the Lt. Governor position, coming away with 49.21 percent of the vote. His most likely opponent in the general election is Republican candidate Bill Finkbeiner, who earned 24.94 percent to third place finisher Glenn Anderson's 17.9 percent. Anderson declared the Independent Republican Party as his preference.

The race for Secretary of State will be Republican Kim Wyman (39.16 percent) against Democrat Kathleen Drew (21.53 percent).

Republican James Watkins received 45.62 percent of the vote for State Auditor and will most likely be up against Democrat Troy Kelley in the general election. Kelley earned 24.14 percent of the votes and third place finisher Democrat Craig Pridemore took 20.38 percent.

"I will keep working until the clock runs out, just like I've always done. Now more than ever every vote counts," Kelley said.

Democrat Bob Ferguson won a majority in the Attorney General's race with 52.22 percent of the vote to Republican Reagan Dunn's 38.44 percent.

"I am very encouraged by such a strong showing in the Primary," said Dunn. "The campaign is well positioned for the general election."

The race for Commissioner of Public Lands is down to Democrat Peter Goldmark, who earned 51.69 percent of the vote, and Republican Clint Didier, who earned 40.66 percent.

The race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was decided last night. If a candidate in a non-partisan race earns a majority in the primary, the candidate is the winner of the election. Incumbent Randy Dorn took 54.32 percent of the votes to keep his position.

The race for Insurance Commissioner is now between Democrat Mike Kreidler, who earned 54.7 percent of the votes, and Republican John R. Adams, who earned 22.17 percent.

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