The 1st congressional district of Washington held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jay Inslee (D). Candidates wishing to run had to file by the signature filing deadline May 18, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 7, 2012. Washington has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.
Suzan DelBene (D), who also won election for the full next term, won the special election.
The special election was projected cost the state about $770,000, according to Secretary of State Sam Reed.
- See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
General election candidates
- Suzan DelBene
- John Koster
August 7, 2012 primary results
Incumbent Jay Inslee retired in 2012 order to run for Washington governor. Washington is required under the U.S. Constitution to replace him, even though the winner of the special election will serve for just one month -- December 2012 -- before the newly elected representative takes office for the next full term. Most of the candidates for the 2012-2014 term are also running in the special election.
Voters will select both the short-term and two-year replacements at the same time: in the November 6, 2012 election. Further complicating matters is the fact that redistricting has significantly changed the boundaries of the 1st district for 2012. The short-term replacement will be elected by the pre-2012 district, and the representative for 2012-2014 will be elected by the newly redrawn district.