Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Palumbo says why he thinks he lost 1st District race

By Evan Smith, Herald writer
Democratic 1st Legislative District State senate candidate Guy Palumbo points out that he lost in the primary to “steep opposition from both political parties.”
He also said right after the Aug. 7 primary that incumbent Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe had support from more than $90,000 in independent expenditures from a state labor council political action committee and the Washington Education Association.
Palumbo finished third in final certified results with 14 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Democratic incumbent McAuliffe and 42 percent for Republican challenger Dawn McCravey.
McAuliffe and McCravey will face off in the November general election.
Palumbo registered with the State Public Disclosure Commission in early May as an independent candidate, saying that he is a fiscal conservative and social liberal.
When Palumbo started raising large amounts of money, Republican Brian Travis deferred to Palumbo as a strong fiscal conservative and switched to a race against Democratic Rep. Derek Stanford and ultimately finished third behind fellow Republican Sandy Guinn.
Palumbo filed as a Democrat, saying that constituents questioned which party he would caucus with.
McCravey then entered the race as a Republican.
Since the district routinely gives Republicans at least 40 percent of its votes, Palumbo probably had to defeat an incumbent Democrat.
Palumbo raised $71,153 but will have to return much of it to donors who made maximum contributions of $800 for both the primary and the general election. He spent $26,349.
McAuliffe passed Palumbo in fundraising late in the primary campaign. She has reported raising $84,684 and spending $53,995, with the Public Disclosure Commission listing independent expenditures of $93,272 supporting her and $17,458 opposing her.
McCravey reports raising $72,079 and spending $58,074.
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