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1996 Washington gubernatorial election

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The State of Washington holds its gubernatorial election every fourth year, concurrent with the United States presidential election. This election took place on November 5, 1996. This gubernatorial race was especially significant in that it resulted in the first Asian American governor in the mainland United States (after George Ariyoshi of island state Hawaii), Democrat Gary Locke.

Washington gubernatorial election, 1996

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Nominee Gary Locke Ellen Craswell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,296,492 940,538
Percentage 58.0% 42.0%

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County results
Locke:      50–60%      60–70%
Craswell:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Mike Lowry

Elected Governor

Gary Locke

Though eligible for a second term, incumbent governor Mike Lowry chose not to run for reelection due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Election resultsEdit

Governor of Washington election, 1996[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gary Locke 1,296,492 57.96
Republican Ellen Craswell 940,538 42.04
Democratic hold