MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Denny Heck leads in race for lieutenant governor in early results

Nov 3, 2020, 8:28 PM | Updated: Nov 4, 2020, 4:41 pm

Denny Heck (left) and Marko Liias (right)....

Denny Heck (left) and Marko Liias (right).

(right)

Denny Heck (47%) is in the lead over Marko Liias (34%) in the race for Washington state’s Lieutenant Governor, according to early election results.

Check election results across Washington state

Current Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib announced in March that he wouldn’t run again for the office as he’s joining the Jesuits. His vacated seat prompted 11 candidates to run, with Democrats Denny Heck and Marko Liias emerging as the top two candidates in the August Primary.

In addition to being the first in line of succession if the governor were to die, resign, or be removed from office, the Lt. Governor is also the president of the Washington State Senate.

Liias has been a state senator since 2014. Liias served in the state House of Representatives, representing District 21-Position 2 since 2008. Before that, Liias lost in the 2016 primary election in a race for state treasurer. Liias also served on the Mukilteo City Council.

Rep. Heck first ran for Congress in 2010 for Washington’s 3rd District. After advancing out of the primary, he ultimately lost to Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, before going on to win the newly-created District 10 seat in 2012. Before that, he served as the Majority Leader in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Heck announced his retirement from Congress in December 2019, citing long hours working on potential election interference by Russia. When asked why he doesn’t just step aside and enjoy his retirement, Heck explained that he only said he was retiring from Congress, not all of politics.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: Seattle detectives are looking for a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run that happened ...

Julia Dallas

Seattle detectives looking for vehicle involved in deadly hit-and-run

Seattle detectives are looking for a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run that happened in the Denny Triangle neighborhood Friday.

5 hours ago

Image:A portrait of Officer Vancouver Police Department officer Donald Sahota is displayed as he is...

Steve Coogan

Man convicted of murder in death of Vancouver police officer shot by deputy

A Yakima man was found guilty of murder for his role in the death of a Vancouver police officer who was shot by a sheriff's deputy in error.

7 hours ago

Image:A Sultan man has filed a lawsuit after two Snohomish County deputies shot him multiple times ...

Louie Tran, KIRO 7 News

Sultan man sues two Snohomish County deputies after they shot him, dog multiple times

Sultan man sues two Snohomish County deputies after they shot him, dog multiple times

7 hours ago

Image: Hundreds gather at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum to ring in the Lunar New Year in 2023....

Steve Coogan

Wing Luke Museum closes after employees walk out in protest of ‘Hate’ exhibit

About two dozen employees of Seattle's Wing Luke Museum staged a walkout Wednesday to protest an exhibit that was set to begin.

7 hours ago

Image: In this photo provided by Iditarod rookie musher Bridgett Watkins, a bull moose stands betwe...

Steve Coogan

A moose killed a man in Alaska. Could it happen in Washington?

A 70-year-old man who was attempting to take photos of two newborn moose calves was killed by their mother, authorities said.

9 hours ago

Image: Trooper Barry Marcus has been with the Washington State Patrol since 1992....

Steve Coogan

WSP trooper ‘saved untold lives, perhaps yours’ as he made 4,000th DUI arrest

Trooper Barry Marcus, a Spokane-based Washington State Patrol veteran, made the notable DUI arrest April 30, the agency reported Friday.

13 hours ago

Denny Heck leads in race for lieutenant governor in early results