There wasn’t a ‘Trump effect’ in Washington


Donald Trump’s stunning revolution mostly skipped Washington. If anything, it helped elect a few more Democrats.

Donald Trump’s tangerine revolution stunned the nation. But unlike seismic elections past, Trump’s win had surprising little effect on Washington state’s election.

From governor on down, the expected winners won. Polls around here actually turned out to be right. There were no Trump-like, insurgent, burn-down-the-establishment conservatives carried to victory in Washington. This was not what pundits call a “wave election.”

The closest thing to a Trumper on the statewide ballot was evangelical Republican Marty McClendon, who ran for lieutenant governor. He lost by 11 points. There were no shocking surprises on the initiatives either.

The lack of a Trump-style shocker in blue Washington might be because he got just 38…


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