Gregoire & Rossi advance to general election - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gregoire & Rossi advance to general election

SPOKANE, Wash. - The first election results throughout the state have started coming in to the KHQ Newsroom. Washington's Democratic governor, Chris Gregoire, and her Republican challenger, Dino Rossi, have advanced to the state's general election.


Click here to see a list of all the latest official election results.


The Spokane County Elections office reports that it is finished counting all 70,073 ballots that were processed Tuesday.

Election officials anticipate processing and counting another 36,000 ballots after picking up ballots Wednesday morning.

Washington's Democratic governor, Chris Gregoire, and her Republican challenger, Dino Rossi, have advanced to the state's general election.

It was not a surprise that they would advance, but it was a milestone since Tuesday's election was the first under Washington's new "top two" primary system.

Under this election system, the top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party. will go on the general-election ballot.

Gregoire got 49 percent of the vote and Rossi 45 percent. Rossi says it's going to be a sprint to the general election in November. Gregoire says the momentum is with the Democrats with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

Under Washington's new primary system, Gregoire and Rossi will be the only two candidates for governor listed on the November ballot.

Gregoire and Rossi will now have a rematch of their historically close 2004 matchup, which saw Gregoire win the governor's mansion by just 133 votes after three ballot counts and a court challenge.

With about 10 percent of the expected ballots counted in the primary, Gregoire had about 50 percent of the vote and Rossi had about 44 percent.

In another closely watched race, Republican Congressman Dave Reichert and Democratic challenger Darcy Burner advanced to the general election in the 8th District of Seattle's eastern suburbs. It will be a rematch of their 2006 contest.

State Supreme Court Justices Charles Johnson and Mary Fairhurst also were top vote-getters for re-election and will be unopposed in the general election.

With about 30 percent of the expected vote counted, Johnson had 58 percent. His closest opponent, James Beecher, had 30 percent.

Fairhurst nabbed 61 percent in early returns. Her lone opponent, Michael Bond, had 38 percent.

In the only statewide office without an incumbent running, the race for state treasurer, Republican Alan Martin and Democratic state Rep. Jim McIntire advanced to the general election. With 15 percent of the expected vote counted, Martin had nearly 44 percent of the vote and McIntire had about 41 percent.

They are vying to replace Treasurer Mike Murphy, who is stepping down after three terms. He crossed party lines to endorse Martin, who is assistant treasurer.

State schools chief Terry Bergeson advanced in the race for superintendent of public instruction, and challenger Randy Dorn is in line to advance as well.

Bergeson, running for her fourth term, faced five challengers in the primary. Dorn, a former legislator, teacher and principal, had nearly 30 percent of the vote in early returns. With about 17 percent of the expected vote counted, Bergeson had 42 percent.

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