Here’s a round-up of some of the highlights from Tuesday’s primary election results. Washington’s top-two primary system means the top two vote-getters advance to the Nov. 4 general election regardless of party affiliation.
Republican Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn holds a slim lead in a close contest with Republican challenger Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, 40 percent to 39.2 percent. The 31st Legislative District race has become one of the state’s most contentious showdowns, defined by a barrage of accusations and personal attacks.
Sen. Tim Sheldon is one of two conservative Democrats who joined forces with Republicans to form the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. Tuesday night’s results show Sheldon in second place with 33 percent of the vote, trailing behind Democrat Irene Bowling who garnered 35 percent of the vote. A third candidate, Republican Travis Couture, is not far behind with 32 percent of the vote.
The other Democrat who joined with Republicans, Sen. Rodney Tom, chose not to seek reelection this year. Democratic Rep. Cyrus Habib is leading over Republican Michelle Darnell in the race to replace Tom, 63 to 37 percent.
In the 28th Legislative District, Republican Sen. Steve O’Ban of Tacoma is leading with 56.5 percent of the vote over Democrat Rep. Tami Green of Lakewood, who had 44 percent. O’Ban was appointed to fill the seat following the death of Sen. Mike Carrell. The district includes parts of Lakewood, Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Another closely watched race is taking place in Federal Way, where two candidates are vying to replace outgoing Democratic Sen. Tracey Eide. So far, Mark Miloscia, a former Democratic state Representative who is running as a Republican, is leading with 57 percent of the vote over Democrat Shari Song.
In Washington’s 4th Congressional District, two Republicans look poised to advance to the November election. Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse are the top two frontrunners in the bid to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. “Doc” Hastings. The crowded contest included a dozen contenders, including two Democrats, eight Republicans and two Independents.
Statewide, 123 legislative districts and ten congressional races are on the ballot — read the full results on the Secretary of State’s website here.