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Democrats dominating state's executive branch races

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Alejandro Cruz seals his ballot at the only Lower Yakima Valley polling location yesterday, Sunnyside's WorkSource. He and many Yakima County voters took advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots in yesterday's general election.

The Republican party either failed to deliver during the 2012 campaign or the voters of Washington state liked the message delivered by Democrats more.

Yakima County residents did not vote in line with the rest of the state, however.

Democrats are currently slated to win six of seven state executive branch seats as a result of yesterday's general election race.

It appears Brad Owen will retain the lieutenant governor's seat with 53.73 percent of the more than 1.8 million votes counted thus far. Challenger Bill Finkbeiner (R) has nearly 37,000 fewer votes for the position.

Yakima County voters cast their ballots in favor of Finkbeiner with nearly 24,000 votes counted for the Republican candidate. Of the 45,469 county ballots counted so far, nearly 21,500 voters selected Owen to retain the lieutenant governor's seat.

Also appearing to retain his position is State Treasurer Jim McIntire. More than 1 million Washingtonians cast their votes in favor of the incumbent Democrat, whereas challenger Sharon Hanek (R) received just more than 760,000 votes.

Yakima County voters, again, chose the Republican candidate, Hanek, in the race for treasurer. She received 53 percent of the votes counted thus far and McIntire received just under 47 percent of the votes.

The state auditor's seat was up for grabs and more than 940,000 voters selected Democrat Troy Kelley to serve in that position. Republican James Watkins, as of yesterday's count, received just more than 854,000 votes.

In Yakima County, just more than 40 percent of the votes were for Kelley, while nearly 26,700 of the 44,661 ballots indicated Watkins was the preferred candidate.

The Bob Ferguson campaign is celebrating today as the ballots cast yesterday appear to be in favor of electing him to the attorney general's position. He currently has nearly 53 percent of the vote, and Reagan Dunn, the Republican on the ballot, has just more than 47 percent of the vote.

Dunn was the favored candidate for Yakima County voters, receiving more than 28,500 of the 45,312 votes counted yesterday. Ferguson received just under 37 percent of the votes.

In the race for commissioner of public lands, it's Democrat Peter Goldmark that has the lead with more than 1 million of the 1.8 million votes cast in that race. Clint Didier, Republican and former NFL football star, has just more than 765,000 votes so far.

Of the nearly 45,000 Yakima County ballots that were counted for the commissioner of public lands race, Didier received more than 25,500 votes. Just more than 19,000 ballots had Goldmark's name selected.

Democrat Mike Kreidler appears to have been re-elected to the insurance commissioner's position by Washington voters. He currently holds the lead with nearly 58 percent of the vote. Challenger John Adams secured just more than 758,000 of the nearly 1.8 million votes counted yesterday.

In Yakima County, Kreidler received 44.59 percent of the votes, and Adams had more than 55 percent of the votes counted yesterday.

The only Republican with a lead in yesterday's election for one of the state executive seats is Kim Wyman, candidate for secretary of state. She has a slight edge of less than 1 percent over Democrat Kathleen Drew. The ballot count for Wyman is currently 917,967. The ballot count for Drew is 903,724.

Wyman, too, was the preferred candidate for Yakima County voters, receiving more than 61 percent of the votes counted thus far. Drew's name was checked just more than 17,300 times by Yakima County residents.

The only candidate who ran unopposed was Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. He received nearly 98 percent of the votes cast yesterday and there were 895 write-ins.

All told, more than 1.9 million ballots were counted yesterday and Secretary of State Sam Reed's office estimates another 618,300 ballots are yet to be counted.

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