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October 07, 2004

Primary calculations

Thursday's Seattle Times analysis of which King County voters took which partisan ballot in the primaries might hint at how the general election will go, but probably is not completely telling.

Because Washington's new primary permitted voters to decide their party as they voted, more than a few voters probably selected their ballots on where the action is.

I wager more people took the Democratic ballot than the Republican ballot because that was where most of the action was for King County voters. The unsuccessful Democratic primary challenge of veteran state Rep. Helen Sommers had more than a few moderates and conservatives choosing to help her and fend off the challenger, backed shamelessly -- and tastelessly -- by big union money in an unfair and inaccurate smear campaign.

Because of the fierce Democratic gubernatorial primary, the Republican party Chairman put out a warning that final figures should not be judged how his Republican pick will do in the general election.

The same holds true for more conservative parts of the state. I was chatting with someone from Spokane recently who said he took a Republican ballot because that was where the action was -- in local legislative races as well as the hotly contested Republican primary race for the 5th Congressional District.

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Posted by Kate Riley at October 7, 2004 01:19 PM



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