Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo

Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo

Mullet holds slim lead in 5th District Senate race

In King County, voters overwhelmingly chose former Vice President Joe Biden (D) over President Donald Trump (R) in this year’s presidential election. Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris won more than 75% of the vote countywide. Trump won just over 22% as of Monday morning.

As of this publication’s deadline on Tuesday, Democrats had nearly gained a majority of 218 seats in the Congressional House of Representatives, although several seats were lost to Republicans. In the Senate, Republicans controlled 48 seats and Democrats controlled 46 along with two additional independent seats. Georgia will have two runoff Senate elections in January.

In the Congressional District 8 race, incumbent Democrat Kim Schrier successfully defended her seat against Republican challenger Jesse Jensen. Across the district, which straddles the Cascade mountains, Schrier was winning with 51.8% of the vote as of Monday morning.

In Washington state races, Democrats took all three seats in the 5th Legislative District. In the Senate race, centrist Democrat Mark Mullet was barely hanging onto his seat against progressive challenger Ingrid Anderson. As of Monday, less than 100 votes separated the two, with some 6,000 ballots still left to be counted across the county.

In the 5th District House Pos. 1 race, incumbent Democratic Rep. Bill Ramos easily beat Republican challenger Ken Moninski. Ramos garnered 60.82% of the vote compared to Moninski’s 39.02%. In the second House position, Democrat Lisa Callan cruised to victory over a write-in candidate as she garnered more than 89% of the vote.

In both 5th Legislative District House races, Democrats raised significantly more campaign finances than Republicans. Ramos brought in more than $149,000 compared to Moninski’s $18,000. Callan received more than $63,100 compared to her write-in opponent Corey Bailey, who raised less than $12,000.

The House Republican Organizational Committee donated $5,000 to each candidate.

It’s a departure for the district, which up until 2018, had a long record of sending Republicans to represent them in the House in Olympia.

With nearly 85% of the vote counted in King County as of Monday, Referendum 90 concerning sex education was passing easily in the county, with more than 73% of voters supporting it.

There were several King County charter amendments on the ballot as well, including making the King County Sheriff position an appointed position rather than an elected one. This proposition, Charter Amendment 5, was the only proposed charter amendment that passed with less than 60%.

However, in the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Carnation, voters all rejected Charter Amendment 5, according to King County precinct data as of Nov. 9. Combined, 55% of voters who voted on the amendment rejected it.

The county sheriff has been elected since 1996. Since voters approved moving the position to an appointed one, the King County Executive will appoint a sheriff once the current sheriff’s term is up in 2021.

State legislators will be take their office in January ahead of the legislative session.

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