CAMPAIGN ’88 : Washingtonians Vote
Voters in Washington state have set up a showdown between Slade Gorton, a moderate Republican seeking to return to the U.S. Senate, and liberal Democrat Rep. Mike Lowry, making his second try for the Senate, primary election returns showed Wednesday.
In other results of Tuesday’s elections, state Rep. Bob Williams, a fiery, evangelical conservative, upset King County prosecutor Norm Maleng in the GOP governor’s race, and in November will face Democratic Gov. Booth Gardner, an early supporter of Dukakis.
U.S. Rep. Don Bonker of Vancouver lost the Democratic Senate nomination to Lowry, his old friend and ally, after a tally that was neck and neck for much of the evening.
Republican Daniel J. Evans has held the seat since the death of Democratic Sen. Henry (Scoop) Jackson in 1983, but he chose not to seek a second term.
Evans beat Lowry for the Senate seat in 1983. Gorton lost his reelection bid for the state’s other Senate seat to Democrat Brock Adams in 1986.