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Second place still contested in 40th district race

August 12, 2018

Second place keeps changing hands in the primary race for 40th Legislative District state House of Representatives.

As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, Republican Michael Petrish holds the position with 20 percent of the vote.

If his lead holds, he will run against the first-place candidate, Democrat Debra Lekanoff, in the November general election. She currently holds 29 percent of the primary vote.

However, as ballots have been counted, Democrats Rud Browne and Alex Ramel have each passed Petrish for a time. They have all been continually within 1 percentage point of each other.

The 40th District includes San Juan County, southwestern Whatcom County and northwestern Skagit County.

Friday’s ballot count hasn’t affected other races.

The county emergency medical services levy is still on track to be approved with 66 percent of the vote.

Claus Joens still leads the race for the 39th Legislative District state Senate seat with 38 percent of the vote. State Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, is in second place with 29 percent.

The 39th District includes eastern Skagit and Snohomish counties and a small part of northeastern King County.

There are about 8,000 ballots left to count in Skagit County, according to the Elections Department.

Election results will be certificated statewide Aug. 24.

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