Smith leading House race in 10th District

November 8, 2018
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Norma Smith (left) is facing Scott McMullen for a seat in the state House of Representatives for Legislative District 10.

State Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, holds a slim lead in the race for a state House seat in the 10th Legislative District, according to Tuesday’s initial election results.

Smith leads challenger Scott McMullen with 53 percent of the vote — 22,013 votes compared to McMullen’s 19,823.

The district includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County. The state House position is a two-year term.

Smith has served in the position since 2008.

Smith’s lead in Skagit County specifically is slimmer, with about 45 more votes than McMullen.

McMullen, a Democrat from Mount Vernon, said he’s eager to see more ballots counted.

“Close race,” he said. “Thousands of votes to count still. Looking forward to seeing what the updates look like in the coming days.”

McMullen said he is holding onto hope he could replace Smith in the 10th District, where he said his voting record and personal values more closely align to those of the constituents than Smith’s.

Smith and her campaign manager could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

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