Dider Wins Primary, Will Face Newhouse in November
In 2008, Washington adopted a new, top-two primary system. Unlike party lines in the past, in the August primaries, the top two vote getters move on to November - regardless of their party affiliation. Never before have the two candidates in any state or Congressional race been on the same side - until now.
Clint Didier, former NFL Super Bowl Winner, farmer and long-time conservative political activist will take on Dan Newhouse, the former WA Secretary of Agriculture, in November.
Both are listed as GOP, or Republican, but Didier is considered a more staunch conservative. While mail-in ballots turned in at the last minute are still being counted, the bulk have been tallied, with Didier winning 30.55%, Newhouse 26.45% of the vote, according to the Secretary of State website voting tracker.
The impact of conservative voters in the 4th, District, which includes the counties of Benton, Franklin, Okanogan, Douglas, Yakima, and Adams Counties, cannot be ignored. When you combine Didier, Newhouse, and the votes garnered by Senator Jenae Holmquist, George Cicotte, Gavin Seim, Glenn R. Stockwell, and two other candidates, just under 77% of voters chose a Republican or conservative candidate.
Independent Josh Ramirez of Tri-Cities got 1.42%, while Democrat Estakio Beltran received 11.36%. The only other Democrat in the primary Tony Sandoval, received 6.88% out of 74.932 ballots counted so far.