Afternoon Jolt: The Day's Winner and Loser

By Afternoon Jolt August 26, 2010

Today's Winner: The Washington Education Association

Incumbent state Democratic Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) might be the teachers union's least favorite member of the legislature. Hobbs, a hero to education reformers, was the beneficiary of a $10,000 independent expenditure from the ed reform group Stand fro Children PAC,  and the morning after the primary he led the field with 37 percent.

However, the race has been trending towards Republican David Schmidt all week. (Yesterday, The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield covered Schmidt's narrow lead and today, he's in first  by 135 votes.)

The WEA, which did independent expenditures of their own  against Hobbs (and endorsed Schmidt) looks to have taken round one as we head into the general.

Today's Loser: Jean Berkey

At the beginning of the week, Republican Rod Rieger was battling for second place with Democratic State Senator Jean Berkey (D-38, Everett) to advance to the general election (progressive Nick Harper is already through). On Monday, Rieger was ahead by nineteen votes with 5,000 left to count.

Today, with 111 ballots left to count, Rieger is ahead of Berkey by 119.
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