2020 Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election

The 2020 Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 2020, to elect the lieutenant governor of Washington concurrently with the 2020 Washington elections. The top-two primary was held on August 4, and Democrats Denny Heck and Marko Liias advanced to the general election, which Heck won.[1]

2020 Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election

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Nominee Denny Heck Marko Liias
Party Democratic Democratic Write-in
Popular vote 1,658,405 1,218,548 759,076
Percentage 45.6% 33.5% 20.9%

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Heck:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Liias:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Write-In:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
     No data

Lieutenant Governor before election

Cyrus Habib
Democratic

Elected Lieutenant Governor

Denny Heck
Democratic

Incumbent Cyrus Habib surprised the state by announcing he was foregoing a run for re-election in order to join the Society of Jesus.[2] The position was of special importance due to speculation that the incumbent Governor, Jay Inslee could have been appointed to a position in a Democratic Presidential Cabinet after winning his third term.[3]

BackgroundEdit

Habib's retirement came after Gov. Inslee dropped out of the presidential election[4][5] which caused many potential statewide candidates in Washington to change their plans and drop exploratory bids.

At the time of Habib's announcement former Seattle City Council candidate Ann Davison Sattler and former US House candidate Joseph Brumbles had already been running as Republicans.[6][7] The day of his retirement State Senator Steve Hobbs announced his 2nd campaign for the office of Lieutenant Governor,[7] after losing in the 2016 Primary to then-State Senator Habib.[8]

Nonpartisan blanket primaryEdit

Democratic Party candidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

WithdrewEdit

DeclinedEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Denny Heck
State politicians
Steve Hobbs (withdrawn)
State politicians

Republican Party candidatesEdit

Minor party candidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Jared Frerichs (Libertarian), former Candidate for Walla Walla County Commission, Consultant[17]
  • Mark Greene (Revived Citizens Party), Perennial Candidate[18]

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Joseph
Brumbles (R)
Ann
Sattler (R)
Denny
Heck (D)
Steve
Hobbs (D)
Marko
Liias (D)
Other / Undecided
SurveyUSA/KING 5 July 22–27, 2020 513 (LV) ± 5.4% 14% 10% 34% 14% 29%[b]
SurveyUSA/KING 5 May 16–19, 2020 650 (LV) ± 5.6% 10% 9% 15% 10% 6% 50%[c]

ResultsEdit

A top-two primary took place on August 4. All candidates are listed on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation and the top two advanced to the general election in November.

2020 Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Denny Heck 596,289 25.01
Democratic Marko Liias 441,791 18.53
Republican Ann Davison Sattler 285,597 11.98
Republican Marty McClendon 271,995 11.41
Republican Dick Muri 241,939 10.15
Democratic Michelle Jasmer 212,387 8.91
Republican Joseph Brumbles 174,823 7.33
Democratic James R. Rafferty 57,405 2.41
Republican Bill Penor 49,225 2.06
Libertarian Matt Seymour 27,125 1.14
Libertarian Jared Frerichs 20,847 0.87
Write-in 5,205 0.22
Total votes 2,384,628 100

General electionEdit

After being eliminated in the August 4th gubernatorial primary, Joshua Freed announced that he would be running for lieutenant governor as a write-in candidate.[20][21] A debate between Heck and Liias was held on October 22.[22]

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Denny
Heck (D)
Marko
Liias (D)
Undecided
PPP/NPI October 14–15, 2020 610 (LV) ± 4% 32% 16% 52%
SurveyUSA/KING-TV October 8–10, 2020 591 (LV) ± 5.2% 31% 18% 52%

ResultsEdit

2020 Washington lieutenant gubernatorial election[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Denny Heck 1,658,405 45.61%
Democratic Marko Liias 1,218,548 33.51%
Write-in 759,076 20.88%
Total votes 3,636,029 100.00%
Democratic hold

By congressional districtEdit

Heck won 9 of 10 congressional districts with the remaining one going to Liias.[24]

District Heck Liias Write-in Representative
1st 43% 33% 24% Suzan DelBene
2nd 44% 36% 20% Rick Larsen
3rd 43% 30% 27% Jaime Herrera Beutler
4th 37% 28% 34% Dan Newhouse
5th 41% 32% 27% Cathy McMorris Rodgers
6th 51% 30% 19% Derek Kilmer
7th 47% 48% 5% Pramila Jayapal
8th 45% 29% 26% Kim Schrier
9th 51% 39% 10% Adam Smith
10th 52% 27% 21% Denny Heck
Marilyn Strickland

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  2. ^ "Some other candidate" with 5%; Undecided with 24%
  3. ^ Undecided with 50%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Denny Heck defeats Marko Liias in Washington state lieutenant governor election results". Seattle Times. November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib: Why I am giving up elected office and joining the Jesuits". America Magazine. 2020-03-19. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  3. ^ "Opinion | A 'Team of Rivals' for the Democrats?". The New York Times. 2020-02-27. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  4. ^ "Inslee to seek third term as WA governor after dropping longshot presidential bid | Crosscut". crosscut.com. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  5. ^ "Gov. Inslee's re-election bid cools other Democrats' ambitions — for now | Crosscut". crosscut.com. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  6. ^ a b "Former Seattle council candidate switching parties, running for lieutenant governor". MyNorthwest.com. 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will not run for reelection, says he plans to join Jesuit religious order". The Seattle Times. 2020-03-19. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  8. ^ "It'll be Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant in Washington governor race | The Spokesman-Review". www.spokesman.com. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  9. ^ Drew, James (April 3, 2020). "U.S. Rep. Heck files paperwork to run for state Lieutenant Governor". The News Tribune. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Cornfield, Jerry (2020-03-24). "Sen. Marko Liias to launch campaign for lieutenant governor". HeraldNet.com. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  11. ^ a b c Cornfield, Jerry (May 18, 2020). "Hobbs withdraws from crowded race for lieutenant governor". HeraldNet.com.
  12. ^ a b Mar 20, Rich Smith •; Am, 2020 at 11:28. "As Cyrus Habib Joins the Priesthood, a Handful of People Say They're Running for Lt. Gov". The Stranger. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  13. ^ "Congressman Denny Heck to run for Washington lieutenant governor". The Seattle Times. April 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Cornfield, Jerry (2019-10-09). "A boring election for state seats in 2020? Try nine of them". HeraldNet.com. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  15. ^ "Homelessness, pragmatism at issue in Seattle City Council race pitting incumbent Juarez against challenger Sattler". The Seattle Times. 2019-10-17. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  16. ^ a b Roegner, Bob (2020-06-15). "Democrats have the edge in WA's 2020 elections". Kent Reporter. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  17. ^ "public". apollo.pdc.wa.gov. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  18. ^ "public". apollo.pdc.wa.gov. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  19. ^ "August 4, 2020 Primary Results". Washington Secretary of State. Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Former Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed announces write-in campaign for lieutenant governor". www.seattletimes.com. Seattle Times. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  21. ^ "Joshua Freed official write-in candidate for WA state Lt. Governor race". www.lynnwoodtimes.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  22. ^ "Washington Gov. Inslee, Republican challenger Culp agree to televised debate Oct.7". www.opb.org. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  23. ^ "General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  24. ^ Results. sos.wa.gov (Report). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2020-11-24.

External linksEdit

Official campaign websites