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Election Day is here: Washington residents to decide races

November 6, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Emily Carlson, left, and Nikita Smith, right, stack ballots from Washington state's primary election at King County Election headquarters in Renton, Wash. Winners in close U.S. House races from the Nov. 6, 2018 election might not be known for days or weeks in Washington state and California. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Three contested U.S. House races are on a crowded Washington state ballot that includes four ballot measures, a U.S. Senate seat and more than 100 legislative contests.

Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and voters have a deadline of 8 p.m. Tuesday to have their ballot postmarked or placed in a drop box.

In competitive races, results are often not known for days as ballots continue to arrive throughout the week and counties post daily updates.

Of the state’s 10 congressional seats on the ballot, three are competitive GOP-held seats: the open seat in the 8th Congressional District that spans far eastern Seattle suburbs across the Cascade Mountains; eastern Washington’s 5th District, where Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, has held the seat for 14 years; and the 3rd District in southwest Washington, where incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was first elected in 2010.

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