Incumbent Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, who took an early lead over Republican challenger Dawn McCravey on Election Night, claimed victory Thursday in a Facebook post.
As of Nov. 15, McAuliffe has 55.34 percent of the vote to McCravey's 44.66 percent, (34,806 vs. 28,090 votes), according to the Washington Secretary of State website.
Both candidates are from Bothell. McAuliffe has has held the seat since 1993.
Less than a week before the general election, money continued to pour into the 1st District race, with more in the 1st District State senate contest than the combined total for the six state representative races in the 1st, 21st and 32nd districts, the Everett Herald reported Nov. 1.
McAuliffe's victory statement follows:
I am happy to report that I have won my re-election effort. I couldn't be more thrilled and honored to continue to represent the people of the 1st Legislative District. So many times during this election we heard that we were going to lose because the other side had more money and greater special interest power. What we learned from this is an extremely valuable lesson: people power can still win over dollar power. We won this election because of all of you who came out and fought for us. Thank you so much for volunteering your time and energy to my campaign. We knocked on 21,060 doors and contacted 27,650 voters via phone. These are astronomical numbers and I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished together. Thank you again and I look forward to continue to be your voice in Olympia.
Patch has not yet seen an election statement from McCravey but will update this story when McCravey releases a statement and/or responds to a request for her reaction.