The Republican wished his opponent well, after a bruising campaign in which Watkins exposed past accusations of misconduct from Kelley’s business career.
For all that controversy, Kelley had a few advantages: Centrist credentials from his time in the Legislature; an ability to self-fund his campaign and outspend Watkins; and most of all, the Democratic Party label next to his name.
Democrats have swept the seven statewide partisan races that have been called so far. Only close races for governor and secretary of state remain uncalled, with Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Kim Wyman, respectively, leading their opponents.
Here’s Watkins’s statement: …