Primary election results show Republican Rep. Jan Angel ahead in the race for the 26th Legislative District Senate seat against Democratic Sen. Nathan Schlicher.
Angel garnered about 54.7 percent of the vote, while Schlicher had 45.3 percent of the vote in the district that includes parts of Kitsap and Pierce Counties. Angel is in her third term as a state representative. Schlicher is an emergency room doctor who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by now-Congressman Derek Kilmer.
The closely-watched race could influence the balance of power in the state Senate, where the mostly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus has a one-vote advantage over Senate Democrats.
In the 7th Legislative District, state Sen. John Smith will face Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel in the fall. Both are Republicans in the district that covers parts of several counties in the northeastern corner of the state.
Smith won 50.3 percent of the vote and Dansel came in second with 28.9 percent of the vote. A third candidate was eliminated from the general election contest under Washington’s Top 2 Primary system.
Two Republicans will also be advancing in the 8th Legislative District covering parts of the Tri-Cities area. Incumbent Sen. Sharon Brown, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year, lead with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Richland City Councilman Phillip Lemley came in second.
View all election results on the Secretary of State’s website.