Seattle, WA – Today, State Representative Gael Tarleton’s campaign for Secretary of State announced that it raised $170,030 during Washington’s last reporting period, which spanned July 28 to August 31. During that period, Rep. Tarleton outraised her opponent, Kim Wyman, by $103,707.
“I’m grateful for the support of so many Washingtonians who are stepping up and fighting back against Donald Trump’s attacks on our democracy. In this unprecedented age, the job of Secretary of State has changed.” said Rep. Tarleton, a national security expert with 30 years of experience. “Voters know that our elections face significant challenges in 2020 and that my opponent’s empty expressions of ‘concern’ are not a plan. I will protect every voter and every vote against current and emerging threats.”
With the vast majority of donations under $100, over 1,000 supporters powered Rep. Tarleton to a record fundraising month. Although two-term incumbent Kim Wyman started with a cash advantage of $300,000 when Rep. Tarleton entered the race, Rep. Tarleton is quickly closing the gap. Going into the last nine weeks when it matters most, Rep. Tarleton has $283,000 cash-on-hand compared to Wyman’s $258,000. Since the primary, Rep. Tarleton has raised $183,000 to Wyman’s $48,000.
August marks a critical turning point in the race, following Rep. Tarleton’s strong performance in the primary. Despite spending tens of thousands of dollars before the primary, Wyman’s campaign barely cracked 50%, leading former Washington GOP Chair Chris Vance to call the race a “toss-up.”
In the last month, Rep. Tarleton has worked to defend our postal workers and our postal service in the face of her opponent’s inaction. Rep. Tarleton announced a concrete set of steps with the support of federal, state, and local leaders, calling on Washington to expand ballot boxes, increase voter education, and extend election certification deadlines to defend against the Trump administration’s sabotage of the USPS.