OLYMPIA, Wash. — Voter turnout for the primary reached 40% across Washington state by Aug. 5, according to data from the Secretary of State.
Ballot counting continues throughout the state.
The top two candidates in the primary move on to the November general election.
The County Canvassing Boards will certify primary election results Aug. 16, and the Secretary of State will certify results by Aug. 19.
Complete election results are posted at king5.com/elections.
Senator Patty Murray, who is seeking her sixth term in the U.S. Senate, is leading the race with 53% of the vote, as ballot counting continues. Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley is trailing Murray with 33%.
Democrat incumbent Kim Schrier and Republican challenger Matt Larkin will move onto the general election.
Reagan Dunn conceded on Aug. 4 after trialing Larkin by two points.
Representatives are elected to a two-year term and serve people in specific districts. The number of voting representatives for all 50 states in the U.S. House is no more than 435.
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Sen. Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, is leading in the primary race for Washington Secretary of State with 41% of the vote as ballot counting continues.
Current Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who is running nonpartisan, trails Hobbs with 13% of the vote. Republican challengers Bob Hagglund and Keith Wagoner trail with 12% each.
All 98 seats in the House are up for election, as are 25 of the 49 in the Senate. Of the 123 total legislative races, there are 29 incumbents running unopposed. In 42 seats, there are only two candidates running, all of whom will automatically advance to the November ballot.
Democrats currently hold a 28-21 advantage in the Senate, and a 57-41 advantage in the House. The most expensive legislative race is the 26th District in the Senate, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Emily Randall is facing a challenge from Republican Rep. Jesse Young. Combined, they have raised more than $814,000 to date, with spending topping $455,000 heading into the primary.