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Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 9District 10District 11District 12District 14District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 22District 23District 24District 25District 28District 39District 40District 49District 50
Washington State Senate2012 Washington House Elections
Elections for the office of Washington State Senate were held in Washington on November 6, 2012. A total of 26 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 18, 2011. The primary Election Day was August 7, 2012.

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Washington State Senate:

Washington State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 27 26
     Republican Party 22 23
Total 49 49


Game-changers

Washington State Senate: Democrats currently held a five seat advantage, and although five incumbent Dems retired, it was still unlikely that Republicans would pick up the chamber.

Washington House of Representatives: The House, with a 14 seat Democratic majority, was also unlikely to flip to Republican control.

General election

Senate


Incumbents retiring

A total of 7 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Craig Pridemore Electiondot.png Democratic House District 49
Debbie Regala Electiondot.png Democratic House District 27
Jim Kastama Electiondot.png Democratic House District 25
Joseph Zarelli Ends.png Republican House District 18
Lisa Brown Electiondot.png Democratic House District 3
Margarita Prentice Electiondot.png Democratic House District 11
Val Stevens Ends.png Republican House District 39

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Washington in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[3]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 54 $7,259,812
2008 78 $6,822,733
2006 73 $7,241,049
2004 81 $6,993,740
2002 51 $4,496,407

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $7,259,812 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[4]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of Washington $376,889
Washington State Republican Party $345,668
Senate Democratic Campaign Cmte $295,049
Bennett, Gregg D $136,540
King County Republican Central Cmte $111,251
Washington State Democratic Central Cmte- Non-Exempt $103,124
Washington State Democratic Party $88,239
Premera Blue Cross $36,500
6th District Legislative Cmte $33,500
Washington State Dental Association $31,200

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Washington

The bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission passed new legislative maps on New Year's Day 2012, which by law was the last day that redistricting work could be completed without court intervention. The Legislature approved the maps on February 1, 2012. In the last days of the Commission's work, the group reached a roadblock regarding the distribution of Yakima-area Hispanics, which was resolved with the majority Hispanic 15th District. While a majority-minority district was not created in Pierce County as desired, three (the 11th, 33rd, and 37th) were created in southeast Seattle/south King County. Changes to the 11th District displaced Sen. Margarita Prentice, who subsequently announced her retirement. Dick Morrill, emeritus professor of geography at the University of Washington, said that "it would be foolish to predict any significant partisan shift" because of the Commission's desire to keep things as-is.[5]

In Washington, there were 20 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The 20 districts in Washington were Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 28, 31, 35, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47 and 48.

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."

List of candidates

District 1

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Guy Palumbo: 4,038
Democratic Party Rosemary McAuliffe: 13,238 Approveda - Incumbent McAuliffe first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party Dawn McCravey: 12,619 Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Rosemary McAuliffe: 37,316 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dawn McCravey: 29,932

District 2

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Bruce L. Lachney: 9,512 Approveda
Republican Party James E. Vaughn: 4,393
Republican Party Randi Becker: 9,517 Approveda - Incumbent Becker first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce L. Lachney: 24,286
Republican Party Randi Becker: 31,946 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Note: Incumbent Democrat Lisa Brown did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Andy Billig Approveda
Republican Party Nancy McLaughlin Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andy Billig: 29,609 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Nancy McLaughlin: 21,576

District 4

August 7 primary candidates:
Republican Party Mike Padden Approveda - Incumbent Padden first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Padden: 49,593 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Mark Mullet Approveda
Republican Party Brad Toft Approveda

Note: Incumbent Cheryl Pflug (R) withdrew from the race on May 21 after being appointed to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Mullet: 36,765 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brad Toft: 30,783

District 9

August 7 primary candidates:
Republican Party Mark G. Schoesler Approveda - Incumbent Schoesler first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mark G. Schoesler: 39,390 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Mary Margaret Haugen Approveda - Incumbent Haugen first assumed office in 1993.
Republican Party Barbara Bailey Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Margaret Haugen: 33,778
Republican Party Barbara Bailey: 37,810 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: Incumbent Democrat Margarita Prentice did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Bob Hasegawa Approveda
Republican Party Kristin Thompson Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Hasegawa: 34,301 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kristin Thompson: 15,170

District 12

August 7 primary candidates:
Republican Party Linda Evans Parlette Approveda - Incumbent Parlette first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Linda Evans Parlette: 44,318 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

August 7 primary candidates:
Republican Party Curtis King Approveda - Incumbent King first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Curtis King: 40,394 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Scott Nettles Approveda
Republican Party Mike Hewitt Approveda - Incumbent Hewitt first assumed office in 2001.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Nettles: 14,197
Republican Party Mike Hewitt: 32,717 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Tim Probst Approveda
Republican Party Don Benton Approveda - Incumbent Benton first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Probst: 27,460
Republican Party Don Benton: 27,538 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Ralph Schmidt Approveda
Republican Party Ann Rivers Approveda - Incumbent Rivers first assumed office in June 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ralph Schmidt: 20,330
Republican Party Ann Rivers: 42,924 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Brian Hatfield Approveda - Incumbent Hatfield first assumed office in 2007.
Republican Party Rick Winsman Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian Hatfield: 34,590 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rick Winsman: 21,056

District 20

August 7 primary candidates:
Republican Party Dan Swecker: 10,861 Approveda - Incumbent Swecker first assumed office in 1995.
Republican Party John E. Braun: 9,327 Approveda
Republican Party Rae Lowery: 2,936

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dan Swecker: 24,075
Republican Party John E. Braun: 29,943 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Karen Fraser Approveda - Incumbent Fraser first assumed office in 1993

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Karen Fraser: 50,389 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Christine Rolfes Approveda - Incumbent Rolfes first assumed office in 2011.
Republican Party Bret A. Treadwell Approveda

Note: Daniel J. "D.J." Sweet (No Party Preference) withdrew on May 21.[7]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christine Rolfes: 43,305 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bret A. Treadwell: 23,235

District 24

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jim Hargrove Approveda - Incumbent Hargrove first assumed office in 1993.
Independent Larry Carter Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Hargrove: 44,417 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Larry Carter: 23,455

District 25

Note: Incumbent Democrat Jim Kastama did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Eric Herde Approveda
Republican Party Bruce Dammeier Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric Herde: 21,517
Republican Party Bruce Dammeier: 34,715 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Note: Incumbent Democrat Debbie Regala did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Jeannie Darneille Approveda
Democratic Party John R. Connelly Approveda

Note: Timothy Jolibois (R) withdrew on May 21.[8]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeannie Darneille: 30,939 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party John R. Connelly: 23,068

District 28

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Yoshie Wong Approveda
Republican Party Mike Carrell Approveda - Incumbent Carrell first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Yoshie Wong: 22,896
Republican Party Mike Carrell: 32,146 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Note: Incumbent Republican Val Stevens did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Scott Olson Approveda
Republican Party Kirk Pearson Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Olson: 24,603
Republican Party Kirk Pearson: 33,449 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Kevin Ranker: 18,684 Approveda - Incumbent Ranker first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party John Swapp: 10,791 Approveda
Independent Jim Cozad: 1,864

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Ranker: 40,677 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Swapp: 23,959

District 41

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Maureen Judge Approveda
Republican Party Steve Litzow Approveda - Incumbent Litzow first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Maureen Judge: 31,734
Republican Party Steve Litzow: 37,314 Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party David Frockt Approveda - Incumbent Frockt first assumed office in 2011.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Frockt: 56,124 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Note: Incumbent Democrat Craig Pridemore did not seek re-election.

August 7 primary candidates:
Democratic Party Annette Cleveland Approveda
Republican Party Eileen Qutub Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Annette Cleveland: 30,390 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eileen Qutub: 21,634

See also

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