Latest Primary Results Jolt: NOM Reneges on Promise; Is Dunn Done?
Pro-gay marriage Republican state Rep. Maureen Walsh (D-16)
Today's loser: Anti-gay-marriage state legislature candidate Mary Edwards.
The National Organization for Marriage, the D.C.-based anti-gay marriage group, pledged to donate $250,000 to any Republican primary candidate that stepped up to run against a Republican in Washington State who "crosses the party platform and votes for gay marriage."
NOM has not made good on its pledge. Six local Republicans voted for gay marriage. Two of them are up for reelection this year---Sen. Steve Litzow (R-41, Mercer Island) and Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-16, Walla Walla, pictured).
Litzow does not have a Republican challenger, but Walsh does---staunch gay-marriage opponent Mary Edwards. While Walsh has raised $62,000, including big donations from gay rights advocates such as Lambda Legal board member Eric Nilson ($900) from Cleveland, Ohio, Edwards has raised $3,633—and no check from NOM.
The primary is over and Walsh won 62-31. Since it's a top-two race, and they were the only two on the ballot, Edwards also went through. Perhaps NOM will double down in the general?
We have a call in to NOM.
Today's second loser: Republican attorney general candidate Reagan Dunn.
The latest results for the state attorney general's race are in, and they're grim news for the Republican in the race, King County Council member Reagan Dunn. As we reported in Fizz this morning, Dunn was barely above 33 percent in King County---terrible numbers for a Republican in a statewide race. In this afternoon's count, Dunn actually slipped below the one-third mark, with 32.99 percent of the vote.