Ferguson, Dunn to square off in November for Wash. AG

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 9, 2012, 2:30pm



OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Republican Reagan Dunn will face Democrat Bob Ferguson in the November election to become Washington State's next attorney general.

According to the results of Tuesday's primary, Ferguson received 471,359 votes, or 51.87 percent.

Dunn came in second with 349,422 votes, or 38.45 percent.

Washington has a primary system in which voters are allowed to vote for any candidate running in the race. The two top finishers go on to the general election regardless of party.

Stephen Pidgeon, the other GOP candidate in the race, received just 87,997 votes, or 9.68 percent.

Pidgeon is the CEO of BiblePlex.com and the founder of The Faith Coalition, a group that promotes so-called "traditional marriage."

Dunn, a former federal prosecutor who announced his run last June, is looking to succeed current Attorney General Rob McKenna, a two-term Republican who is running for governor.

McKenna easily won the GOP nomination for governor in Tuesday's primary. He will face former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in the fall election.

Dunn, who was appointed to the King County Council in 2005 to fill McKenna's vacancy, was elected to the council in November 2005 and re-elected in 2009.

He is also a former U.S. Justice Department official and assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle.

Ferguson also is a current King County councilman.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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