Washington

Washington joined the Union in November 1889. The state has gone through periods during which it voted primarily Democratic and other periods where Republicans usually won. Democrats have been the victors in the last eight elections, making it one of the more reliably blue states at this point in its history. In 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by a 54% to 38% margin. The state’s electoral influence has grown in recent decades; in the western half of the country only Texas and California have more than Washington’s 12 electoral votes. In the 2016 election, four of those electors were faithless, with three voting for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle.

ELECTORAL VOTES

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2020 ELECTION

Recent Presidential Elections

2016
54.3% 38.1%
2012
56.2% 41.3%
2008
57.7% 40.5%
2004
52.8% 45.6%
2000
50.2% 44.6%

Presidential Voting History

State voted with the overall winning candidate

1972
R
1976
R
1980
R
1984
R
1988
D
1992
D
1996
D
2000
D
2004
D
2008
D
2012
D
2016
D

Electoral College Votes

Republican
Democratic
Progressive

Colored bars represent electoral votes by party. Tap to see names. 2020 electoral votes shown in dark green until after the election.

Gray indicates available electoral votes that were either not cast or cast for a candidate not on the ballot.

U.S. Senate Voting History

  Class 1982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012201420162018
1
D
R
R
D
D
D
D
2
3
D
D
D
D
D
D

Data: MIT Election Data and Science Lab / Harvard Dataverse. These are general election results for the years listed.

There are three classes of Senators; one is up for election every second year. Each state has one Senator in two of the three classes.

U.S. House Voting History

District1982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012201420162018
1
R
R
R
R
R
D
R
R
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
2
D
D
D
D
D
D
R
R
R
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
3
D
D
D
D
D
D
R
R
D
D
D
D
D
D
R
R
R
R
R
4
R
R
R
R
R
D
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
5
D
D
D
D
D
D
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
6
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
7
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
8
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
R
D
9
D
R
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
10
D
D
D
D

Data: The Princeton Gerrymandering Project. These are general election results for the years listed.

Vertical lines before 1992, 2002 and 2012 show Census-related redistricting breakpoints. Geographic borders associated with district numbers may have changed.

The state had an additional redistricting before 1984. Same caution about borders applies.

Governor Voting History

1972
R
1976
D
1980
R
1984
D
1988
D
1992
D
1996
D
2000
D
2004
D
2008
D
2012
D
2016
D

Data: Wikipedia. These are general election results for the years listed.