9 Highlights of statewide & Legislative races

By Jason Williams

1. Dennis Richardson won Secretary of State (super nice guy beats unbelievably bad dude)

Secretary of State
Dennis Richardson (R) 48%
Brad Avakian (D) 42%
Paul Damain Wells (I) 3%
Alan Zundel (PG) 2%
Sharon Durbin (L) 2%

2. Governor Brown barely got 50% of the votes!  (despite being the incumbent, owning all the endorsements and outspent rival).  Governor Brown is vulnerable!

Kate Brown (D) 50%
Bud Perice (R) 44%
James Foster (L) 2%
Cliff THomsen (I) 2%

3. Jeff Gudman almost won State Treasurer by 1%

State treasurer
Tobias Read (D) 43%
Jeff Gudman (R) 42%
Chris Telfer (I) 9%

4. GOP likely picks up a Senate seat — breaking the Democrat super-majority to raise taxes.

Senate #3
Alan DeBoer (R) 50% — 32,521
Tonia Moro (D) 49% — 31,986

5. Incumbent Senator Roblan almost lost his seat.

Senate #5
Arnie Roblan (D) 48%
Dick Anderson (R) 47%

6. Out of the open State Representative seats where Republicans had the best chance to win a new seat, everyone missed.  DeRemer comes within 1%.  Also, super-underdog candidate Kathy Lamberg impressed everyone by coming within 3%. 

House #51 — Open Seat
Janelle Bynum (D) 50% – 12,377
Lori Chavez-Deremer (R) 49% – 12,056

House #14 — open seat
Julie Fahey (D) 51%
Kathy Lamberg (R) 48%

7. The other open seats Republicans hoped to win, failed by large margins, despite some candidates re-running in the district.

House #22 — Open Seat
Teresa Alonso Leon (D) 53%
Patti Milne (R) 45%

House #30 — Open seat
Janeen Sollman (D) 52%
Dan Mason (R) 39%

House #40 — Open Seat
Mark Meek (D) 51%
Evon Tekoius (R) 43%

House #9 — Incumbent
Teri Grier (R) 46%
Caddy McKeown (D) 49%

8. Wild dreams of knocking out incumbent Mike Nearman by an ex-lawmaker turned Independent failed miserably.

House #23
Mike Nearman (R) 52%
Jim Thompson (I) 37%

9. New Republicans in the House/Senate who replaced outgoing Republicans
– Dennis Lithicum replaced Sen. Doug Whitsett (Senate #28)
– Ron Noble replaced Rep. Jim Weidner (House #24)
– E. Werner Reschke replaced outgoing Rep. Gail Whitsett (House #56)
– David Brock Smith replaced Rep. Wayne Kreiger (House #1)

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