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Primary Election Initial Results

Some races continue to be too close to call

August 4, 2016
Update: Thursday, Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m.

A second day of ballot counting by election officials shows the race for the 7th Congressional District seat is still a dead heat for the second spot on the November ballot. Two of the three main candidates are only separated by a few hundred votes. State Representative Brady Walkinshaw (D) has a slight lead, with 21.3 percent of the vote, over Metropolitan King County Councilman Joe McDermott (D), who has 20.9 percent of the vote. The leader will face state Senator Pramila Jayapal on the November ballot. Jayapal came out the clear leader on Tuesday and has strengthened her lead as votes continue to be counted. She currently has about 40 percent of the votes counted thus far. The three are looking to replace long-time Congressman Jim McDermott (no relation to Joe), who announced his retirement earlier this year.
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King County Election offices will update voting results each afternoon. The primary election results will be certified on August 16. For continued election updates, check in with KCTS 9 Vote 2016 coverage as well as

August 3, 2016

Primary election day has come and gone, but the votes are still being counted in a few hotly contested races.

Much speculation has preceded the race for the 7th Congressional District seat this election season. Held for years by Jim McDermott (D). Pramila Jayapal (D) has come out on top of the pack with nearly 40 percent of the vote. Her two main competitors, Joe McDermott (D) (no relation to Jim) and Brady Walkinshaw (D) are still neck-and-neck with about 20 percent of the votes counted so far.

Other big races on the ticket were more predictable, with Governor Jay Inslee (D) and Bill Bryant (R) advancing on to the primary. Senator Patty Murray easily clinched the top vote spot on the primary ticket over challenger Chris Vance (R).

Five of the nine state offices have no incumbent running for reelection, including State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Treasurer and more. Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) is leading in her bid for reelection over her main challenger Tina Podlodowski (D) in what looks to be a close race heading into the general election. 

Seattle voters made swift decisions on two levies: Seattle Proposition 1, known as the housing-levy property tax, passed with nearly 70 percent of the vote. The new six-year levy will increase taxes for the average homeowner about $122 per year to help fund more affordable housing in the Emerald City. Voters said “no” the Seattle Initiative 123 which would have created a park on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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State elections offices will update the vote count every afternoon. The final results will be certified on Aug. 16. For up to date results, check out the Secretary of State and King County election sites. Jump on over to for more election coverage and a look at last night’s primary results and parties — including one with a cat!  KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna and Political Analyst Joni Balter will have the latest on the vote count, what it all means to residents and a look ahead to November on Friday.

The final results will be certified on Aug. 16.

For up-to-date results, check out the Secretary of State and King County Elections sites
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