Chelan County voters disagreed with their westside counterparts on state-level issues during the Nov. 8 election that drew 80.46 percent of registered voters in King County and 78.12 percent in Chelan County.
Statewide, nearly 73 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
The differences in urban vs. rural balloting was most evident in the hotly contested Governor's race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.
Chelan County voters cast almost 64 percent of their ballots for McKenna, who campaigned in the area. But Inslee carried the statewide vote by a 51.21 to 48.79 percent split.
The difference was just 66,529 votes out of 2,753,481 cast statewide.
In King County, Jay Inslee crushed McKenna, receiving 61.97 percent of the ballots, a difference of about 101,000 votes.
"I'm very excited about this. Rob McKenna called me this evening and very graciously congratulated me and offered to help during transition and I appreciate his offer," Inslee said in his acceptance speech. "It's time for all of us to unite across the state of Washington to build a working Washington."
Jay Inslee 1,410,005 51.21%
Rob McKenna 1,343,476 48.79%
Jay Inslee 11,112 36.27%
Rob McKenna 19,524 63.73%
Total Votes 30,636 100%
In the race for Lt. Governor, the results between Chelan and King county voters were a reverse image of one another.
Democrat Brad Owen received about 41 percent of the vote in Chelan County while garnering nearly 60 percent in King County. He won King County by 150,000 ballots while Chelan County voters, even with their large turnout, cast just 29,251 ballots, about 17,000 of those going to Owen.
Chelan County Results
Brad Owen 11,974 40.94%
Bill Finkbeiner 17,277 59.06%
Total Votes 29,251 100%
Brad Owen Votes 467,956 Percent 59.47
Bill Finkbeiner Votes 317,626 Percent 40.37
Closer to home
District 12 State Senator Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee) ran unopposed.
In a potential upset, voters might supplant long-time incumbent Mike Armstrong with newcomer Brad Hawkins for District 12's No. 2 position. Hawkins, son of former Chelan County Commissioner Buell Hawkins, garnared 52.24 percent of the votes counted through Friday but with 1,050 ballots uncounted, Hawkins was not ready to claim victory as of Sunday. He is waiting the next tally by Thursday. The county auditor is expected to certify the election by Nov. 27.
Republican incumbent Cary Condotta dispatched challenger Stan Morse with more than 64 percent of the vote in the race for state representative District 12, Position 1. Morse is a former Chelan City Council member and still lives in Chelan.
Michelle Lovato is the Assistant Editor at the Lake Chelan Mirror 509-682-2213