Primary elections are held in Washington on September 17, 1968.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 8/21/2003
  • Essay 5521
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On September 17, 1968, State Attorney General John O'Connell defeats Senate leader Martin Durkan in the Democratic primary for Governor. African American Republican Art Fletcher is nominated for Lieutenant Governor, and Slade Gorton wins the Republican nod for attorney general.

As the Republican nominee for land commissioner, Richard A. C. Greene promises to "go forth and commission the land" and takes his campaign to the beaches of Hawaii.


Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), 260.

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