Wash. AG advances in governor primary

John O'Brien Aug. 8, 2012, 11:22am


OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna easily won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday.

McKenna will face former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in the November election. Inslee, a Democrat, and McKenna each received more than 40 percent of votes cast by Washington voters.

The state has a primary system in which voters are allowed to vote for any candidate running in the race. Inslee finished a handful of percentage points ahead of McKenna.

McKenna was first elected attorney general in 2004 with 53 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 2008 with 59.5 percent of the vote.

McKenna and Inslee are attempting to replace retiring Gov. Christine Gregoire. Inslee left his Congressional office in March to focus on his campaign.

He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. He served from 1993-95 and 1999-2012.

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