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Skagit, nearby counties certify primary election results

August 22, 2018

As Skagit County and other counties throughout the region certified their primary elections Monday and Tuesday, the results did not differ significantly from earlier vote counts.

With 28 percent of the vote, Democratic candidate Debra Lekanoff continued the lead she held on the night of the Aug. 7 primary in the race for a state House of Representatives seat in the 40th Legislative District, which includes San Juan County, southwest Whatcom County and northwest Skagit County.

Republican Michael Petrish held on to second place with 21 percent of the vote, after trading places with Democrats Alex Ramel and Rud Browne several times in recent weeks.

That leaves Lekanoff and Petrish as the top two vote-getters in the race and moves them into the Nov. 6 general election.

In the 39th Legislative District state Senate race, Claus Joens kept a lead he’s held since election day, with 38 percent of the vote.

Current state Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, will face Joens in the general election after earning 30 percent of the primary vote. Wagoner finished three percentage points ahead of former state Rep. Elizabeth Scott.

The 39th district encompasses eastern Skagit and Snohomish counties and northern King County.

In a state House race in the district, Democrat Ivan Lewis and Republican Robert Sutherland will advance to the general election, with 46 and 40 percent of the vote, respectively.

Skagit County voters supported the adoption of a new, higher emergency medical services levy with 66 percent of voters favoring the measure.

In the race for county treasurer, Jackie Brunson and Bradley Whaley advanced to the general election — Brunson with 59 percent of the primary vote and Whaley with 22 percent.

At the congressional level, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen secured 65 percent of the vote. Libertarian Brian Luke, who had 8 percent of the vote, will advance with him to the general election.

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene, who earned 60 percent of the primary vote, will also advance to the general election where she will face Republican Jeffrey Beeler, who got 26 percent of the vote.

Results will be official statewide on Friday, when the Secretary of State completes the certification process.

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