2018 Midterm Elections - The results are in...for the most part


Last updated 1/11/2019 at 1:55pm

The 2018 Midterm Elections have come and gone, and Adams County residents will see a lot of the same political faces following this election.

Federally, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D) was easily re-elected to her current position for a fourth six-year term, while Congressman Dan Newhouse (R) also breezed to re-election and will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for another two years.

But Newhouse will serve as a member of the minority party for the first time in Congress, as NBC News projects that the Democratic Party is currently expected to retake control of the House, holding roughly 230 House seats following this election, compared to 205 seats controlled by the Republican Party. In the Senate, the Republican Party retained and expanded its majority in the upper chamber, with Republicans currently expected to hold at least 53 of the 100 Senate seats.

In the state legislature, State Reps. Mary Dye (R) and Joe Schmick (R) were easily re-elected to their positions for another two-year term. The Washington House of Representatives was narrowly split 50-48 (in favor of the Democrats) heading into the election, but the Democratic Party is projected to expanded its majority following Tuesday’s election, as they currently lead in 58 seats.

Democrats are also expected to expand their narrow majority in the Washington State Senate as they lead in several Republican-held districts. Prior to the election, Democrats held 25 of the 49 Senate seats.

Locally, Kayla Meise (R) is leading Janet Manke (R) for the position of Adams County Treasurer, capturing 61.5 percent of the vote so far compared to Manke’s 38.5 percent. In the Adams County Commissioner District 3 race, Terry Thompson (R) is beating Mike Garza (R) so far, taking 58.3 percent of the vote while Garza has 41.7 percent of the vote.

Special Election Proposition No. 1, which would increase the sales tax in Adams County by 0.3 percent in order to raise more funds for personnel for the Sheriff’s Office, is currently narrowly passing with 51.6 percent of the vote.

Four statewide measures were also on the ballot in Washington, with two of the measures appearing poised to pass and another currently passing at this moment. Initiative 1631, which would charge a fee on sources of greenhouse gases pollutants, is currently not passing, with just 43.7 percent of voters currently supporting the measure. Gov. Jay Inslee and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates were key proponents of the measure, while oil companies such as BP America and Phillips 66, along with the Association of Washington Businesses, opposed the measure.

Initiative 1634, which would prohibit new local taxes on processed foods or beverages, is passing at the moment, with 54.8 percent of voters approving of the measure so far. Beverage companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Keurig Dr. Pepper and Red Bull North America gave 99.8 percent of the contributions to the “Yes! To Affordable Groceries” committee supporting the measure.

Initiative 1639, which would require increased background checks, training, age limitations and waiting periods on sales of semiautomatic assault weapons, is passing handily at this point in time, as 60.4 percent of voters currently support the measure. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson supports the measure, while the recently deceased Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner—gave over $1.2 million in support of the measure. The measure is opposed by the National Rifle Association, which gave $200,000 to try and defeat the measure.

Initiative 940, which would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health and first-aid training; and change standards for use of deadly force, is currently passing with ease with 59.2 percent of voters supporting the measure so far. U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal support the measure, while the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police oppose the measure.

The results listed in this issue are the most latest results as of Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. Ballots turned in or postmarked by Election Day are expected to continue to be counted over the next couple of weeks, and results will not be certified until Nov. 27 by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.


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