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Primary precinct analysis shows Inslee won by landslide proportions on home turf of Bainbridge Island
When it comes to running for governor, there's no place like home.
Former congressman Jay Inslee easily outpaced his Republican rival Rob McKenna on the Democrat's home turf of Bainbridge Island, according to an analysis of unofficial precinct returns in the Primary Election by the Review.
Both Inslee and McKenna, a Bellevue resident and currently Washington's attorney general, will advance to the General Election on Nov. 6.
In the last election tally, conducted Aug. 21, Inslee was leading with 47 percent of the vote in the nine-candidate race for governor, or 664,531 ballots out of 1.4 million cast.
McKenna was second, with 42 percent, or 604,868 votes.
Kitsap County certified its results as official on Monday, Aug. 20.
The official vote tally gave Inslee 47 percent of all ballots cast in Kitsap County, or 28,734 votes, and McKenna picked up 43 percent of the vote, or 26,414 votes. A total of 60,302 ballots were cast in the governor's race in the county.
According to a review of unofficial precinct returns, the results were heavily skewed in the former congressman’s favor on Bainbridge Island.
The Review’s analysis shows that Inslee trounced McKenna with more than 60 percent of the vote in every precinct on Bainbridge Island, and also won by a large margin in the precincts of Suquamish and Indianola.
In Eagle Harbor, Inslee beat McKenna by more than 50 percentage points at 77 percent of the vote.
Inslee, who lives in the nearby Winslow precinct, won 70 percent of his neighbors’ votes to McKenna’s 23 percent.
As far as the greatest percent of the vote cast in his favor, Inslee found support in Blue Heron (76 percent), Meadowmeer (76 percent), Rolling Bay (74 percent) and Azalea (73 percent).
Inslee's strong showing on Bainbridge Island proved crucial to his total vote tally in the county. Almost 28 percent of the vote in Kitsap County that Inslee received came from the island.
On Bainbridge, 7,408 voters cast their ballots in the governor's race, according to early, unofficial precinct returns, which made up almost 14 percent of the vote in Kitsap County in the gubernatorial race, although the island makes up only 9 percent of the county’s population, according to the 2010 Census.
In all of Kitsap County, Inslee’s biggest support came from the precinct of S'Klallam, where he captured 85 percent of the vote, although this was only 24 of the 28 ballots cast there. The precinct, made up mostly of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation, also had the second-lowest turnout in the county, at 10.4 percent.
McKenna did his best in the precinct of Anderson Creek, southeast of Gorst, where he took in 61 percent of the vote to Inslee’s 30 percent.
However, this wasn’t Inslee’s worst showing in Kitsap County.
In the precinct of Trident, where Naval Base Kitsap is located, Inslee garnered 21 percent of the vote (13 votes of 60 ballots cast) to McKenna’s 45 percent. The vote was rather inconsequential overall, considering that Trident had the lowest voter turnout at 6.3 percent.