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EMS levy passing, Democrats securing top spots on ballot for November in contested races

August 8, 2018

With initial election results in, Skagit County’s increased levy for emergency medical services is passing with 66 percent of the vote.

In Washington’s top-two primary, races with more than two candidates are competing for the two spots that will appear on the November general election ballot.

In congressional races, the incumbent Democrats all have leads for a spot in November. In the Senate, incumbent Maria Cantwell is leading with Republican Susan Hutchison coming in second.

Incumbent Rep. Suzan DelBene has a solid lead, followed most closely by Republican Jeffrey Beeler.

And while longtime Rep. Rick Larsen is the front-runner, it isn’t so clear who will appear as his challenger on the ballot in November. So far, the leading contender by a handful of votes is Uncle Mover, who lists himself as preferring the Moderate GOP Party.

In local district legislative races, Democrats are leading the way. Democrat Claus Joens is leading with 40 percent of the vote, and incumbent state Sen. Keith Wagoner, who was appointed to the post during this term, is tentatively in second place. Republican Elizabeth Scott is trailing him by fewer than 600 votes.

In the 39th, Position 1 seat, Ivan Lewis had 48 percent of the vote, with Robert Sutherland in second with 38 percent.

The biggest field was the 40th district, being vacated by Anacortes Democrat Kristine Lytton.

Taking the lead so far is Democrat Debra Lekanoff. As of Tuesday’s count, Republican Michael Petrish has the second spot with 4,821 votes, but Democrats Rud Browne and Alex Ramel were close behind him, each with fewer than 300 votes behind.

Republican Daniel Miller and Democrat Tom Pasma trailed the pack.

In Skagit County races involving more than two candidates, Democrat Jackie Brunson had a strong hold on first place for county treasurer with 60 percent of the votes counted Tuesday. Next was Republican Bradley Whaley at 21 percent, followed by Clyde Williams with almost 19 percent.

For Skagit PUD District 2, Joe Lindquist was in the top spot with over 54 percent of votes followed by incumbent Robbie Robertson at 26 percent and Bill Swanson at nearly 20 percent.

For the Court of Appeals District 3 Judge Position 1, Tom SeGuine was leading with almost 43 percent of votes, but the race for the second spot was neck-and-neck between Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez and Lisa Keeler, who each had 23 percent of the vote.

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