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Bill Bryant Kicks Off 23-City Tour In Washington Gubernatorial Bid


Republican Bill Bryant speaks with the media after filing to run for governor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as his wife, Barbara Feasey, looks on, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Bryant is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Republican Bill Bryant speaks with the media after filing to run for governor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as his wife, Barbara Feasey, looks on, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Bryant is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant is kicking off a 23-city tour across Washington state in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Bryant was starting the tour Tuesday in Port Angeles and will end it in Seattle on Aug. 2, the day of the state’s primary election.

Other cities he’ll visit include Bellingham, Walla Walla, Auburn and Moses Lake.

Bryant, previously served on the Seattle Port Commission since 2008, says the state needs new leadership. Inslee, who was elected in 2012, is seeking a second term.

An April poll by independent pollster Stuart Elway found 48 percent of voters surveyed preferred Inslee while 36 percent supported Bryant. Another 16 percent were undecided.

Inslee has raised more than $7 million in his re-election bid, compared to the $2.3 million raised so far by Bryant.

 

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