Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, gathered in the former congressman’s Seattle headquarters, said they aren’t putting much stock in tonight’s primary results.
David Young, one of about 40 volunteers making phone calls urging people to vote for Inslee and other Democrats, predicted the result would be “very, very close” between Inslee and Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican.
“All this really means is that the two of them are going to face off in the fall,” the 60-year-old unemployed Seattle resident said.
Naquel Walker, a sophomore at Seattle Central Community College, said finishing first would be nice but volunteers are looking ahead.
Democrats have been stressing all week that the group of people who vote in the primary is smaller and often more conservative than the electorate of the November general election.
Asked how he was feeling, Inslee spokesman Sterling Clifford said, “We’re confident we’ll make it to the general election.”
Volunteers are planning to make calls up until the 8 p.m. ballot drop-off deadline.
Inslee is expected to speak after results are announced. Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, is also expected to appear, along with King County Councilman Bob Ferguson, who is running for attorney general.