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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

July 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Friday briefing: primary election enthuse-o-meter; busy calendar; House, Senate control may hold

Good morning. Happy Friday.

Secretary of State Sam Reed has taken our collective temperature for the upcoming August primary election and concluded we are, well, warmer than normal. Reed predicts better-than-usual turnout for the Top 2 primary that begins next week. Reed bets there will be 46 percent turnout, compared to the 43 percent average for previous presidential/gubernatorial years. Ballots go out starting July 18.

“The people of Washington are pretty revved up by the campaigns and issues this year and that should result in a darned good turnout, starting with our primary election,” Reed said. “We have an extremely competitive presidential race nationally and the media, campaigns, parties and special interest groups have been flooding us with campaign coverage and voter information.

Likewise, in this state, we have one of the nation’s hottest races for governor and we have an unusually high number of open statewide elective offices, including governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor.  Washington voters also will be electing three brand new members of Congress, following our redistricting and retirements of incumbents. A U.S. Senate seat is on the ballot and people are already buzzing about our ballot measures that are on tap for November. Our Legislature, the courts and other important state and local offices also offer lots of excitement.”

Political wonks may be interested in the chart offered below by Reed’s office.

State Primaries in Presidential Election Years

Election Year

Turnout

1988

41.61%

1992

45.80%

1996

42.06%

2000

40.80%

2004

45.14%

2008

42.60%

Average

43%

We’re pretty revved at the Politics Northwest blog, or, at least, ready for a busy few weeks leading up to the Aug. 7 primary. Take a look at our upcoming calendar of live chats, debates and all-around important election dates. We have a chat on the proposed basketball arena next Thursday, July 19, around noon, featuring Chris Hansen, who wants to build the arena, and Dave Gering, of the Manufacturing Industrial Council, who is not so hot for it.

 

 

You have to love all the predictions in the heat of the summer about the results in the fall. The Hill says Democrats are a little more likely to keep control of the U.S. Senate, and less likely to grab control of the U.S. House.

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