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Democrat Brock Adams Wins

November 5, 1986

SEATTLE (AP) _ Democratic challenger Brock Adams defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Slade Gorton in Tuesday’s election.

Adams, 59, a former six-term congressman and U.S. transportation secretary under Jimmy Carter, edged the 58-year-old freshman senator by a margin of about 51 percent to 49 percent.

The hottest campaign issue was the Reagan administration’s choice of the Hanford nuclear reservation in eastern Washington as a potential disposal site for the nation’s nuclear waste.

Adams ripped Gorton for failing to block the dump site, but the senator said he had managed to chop funding for site studies and bar drilling for a year.

The nuclear-dump issue also was on the ballot in the form of a referendum blasting the administration’s handling of the site-selection and setting up a statewide public vote if Hanford should be chosen. The referendum passed decisively.

Seven of Washington’s eight U.S. House incumbents easily won re-election, but freshman Republican John Miller of Seattle was locked in a close battle against Democrat Reese Lindquist that remained undecided early Wednesday.

The state’s delegation had been made up of five Democrats and three Republicans.

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