November 8, 2016, general election results bring more of the same.

Among several ballot initiatives, voters approved an increase in the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020 with 60 percent of the vote (I-1433), but also defeated a proposed carbon tax by 41% to 59% (I-732).

Governor Jay Inslee was re-elected with 56% of the vote. Democratic state Senator Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue) also won with 56% of the vote. Attorney General Bob Ferguson was re-elected handily.

The state Senate will remain in Republican control 25-24.

The state House of Representatives will continue in Democratic control by what appears to be a narrow majority. Six seats are too close to call, but the Democratic majority is likely to be 52-46 or better.

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