Voting turnout around 80%; no close races

Other than the national race for president, there really were no close races for local voters in the General Election.

The closest race in the state was Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s win, by 7 percent, which by election standards really isn’t that close.

Statewide, out of 4.89 million registered voters 4.01 million actually voted, for an 82 percent turnout, with 66,000 still to be tallied Tuesday.

In Kitsap County, turnout was 83 percent, with 158,500 voting out of 190,432 registered.

In election returns Tuesday, Democrat Joe Biden was beating President Trump in the Electoral College nationwide 290 to 214. Biden only needs 270 to win, but Trump is challenging the counts in some states. In the popular vote, Biden was ahead 51 percent to 48 percent. Statewide, Biden was easily defeating Trump 59 percent to 39 percent. In Kitsap County, Biden was winning 57 percent to 39 percent.

For U.S. Congress, Democrat Derek Kilmer beat Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, R, 59 percent to 40 percent. In Kitsap County, Kilmer led 59 percent to 41 percent.

In state races, Democrat Jay Inslee was winning for governor over Republican Loren Culp 57 percent to 43 percent. In Kitsap County, the incumbent also was winning 56 percent to 44 percent.

In other key state races, Democrat Chris Rekdahl was leading Maia Espinoza of the GOP for state schools chief 55 percent to 45 percent. For attorney general, Democrat Bob Ferguson was beating GOP challenger Matt Larkin 57 percent to 43 percent. In the most controversial statewide measure, Referendum 90, the sex ed bill, was being approved 58 percent to 42 percent.

State Legislative District 23

Incumbent Sen. Christine Rolfes, D, beat Republican challenger Pam Madden Boyer 64 percent to 36 percent.

Democrat Tarra Simmons beat April Ferguson, R, 62 percent to 38 percent.

Rep. 2 incumbent Drew Hanson, D, beat Republican Elaina Gonzales-Blanton 62 percent to 38 percent.

Kitsap County

For Commission 1 incumbent Robert Gelder, D, beat Scott Henden, R, 57 percent to 43 percent.

For Commission 2, incumbent Charlotte Garrido, D, beat Oran R. Root, R, 55 percent to 45 percent.

For Kitsap Superior Court Judge Position 1 Tina Robinson was beating Lynn Fleischbein 61 percent to 38 percent,

Other state races

Lt. Gov. — Denny Heck, D, beat Marko Liias, D, 46 percent to 34 percent.

Secretary of State — Kim Wyman, R, beat Gael Tarleton, D, 53 percent to 46 percent

State Treasurer — Duane Davidson, R, lost to Chris Leyba, R, 58 percent to 42 percent.

Public Lands Commissioner — Hilary Franz beat Sue Kuehl Pederson, R, 60 percent to 43 percent.

Insurance Commissioner — Mike Kreidler, D, whipped Chirayu Avinash Patel, R, 66 percent to 34 percent.

State measures

Advisory vote 32 — Repealed 61 percent to 39 percent

Advisory vote 33 — Repealed 59 percent to 41 percent

Advisory vote 34 — Repealed 62 percent to 38 percent.

Advisory vote 35 — Repealed 54 percent to 46 percent.

Joint resolution 8212 — Rejected 54 percent to 46 percent

Supreme Court Justice 3 — Raquel Montoya-Lewis over Dave Larson 58 percent to 41 percent.

Supreme Court Justice 6 — G. Helen Whitener over Richard S. Serns 66 percent to 33 percent.