McMorris Rodgers-Brown Congressional Race Unexpectedly Tight
UPDATED at 10:35 pm
With the first round of primary election results in, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Kettle Falls) has a slim lead over Democrat Lisa Brown in their Fifth Congressional District race. McMorris Rodgers has 47.5% of the vote to 47% for Brown. In Spokane County, Brown leads with 51.4% of the vote to 44% for McMorris Rodgers.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) will face off against former state Republican Party chairwoman Susan Hutchison in November for the right to keep her seat. Cantwell won 55% of the vote in a race that featured 29 candidates. Hutchison won nearly 24%.
In the Third, Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Legislative Districts, the incumbents are all winning. In the Sixth, it's a different story. With Republican Michael Baumgartner leaving to run for Spokane County treasurer, Rep. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) is in a tough race with Democrat Jessa Lewis. Lewis holds at 51-49% lead. Holy's seat will be filled by either Democrat Dave Wilson or Republican Jenny Graham. Wilson has nearly 43% of the vote in a four-person race; Graham has 31%. Democrat Kay Murano is leading one-term incumbent Rep. Mike Volz (R-Spokane), 53-47%.
Incumbent Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney leads fellow Republican Rob Chase by 19 percentage points in her bid for re-election. They'll run against each other again in November. More surprisingly, Democrat Robbi Katherine Anthony leads long-time Republican incumbent Commissioner Al French by 16 percentage points.
Two Republicans are vying for an open county assessor position, with Leonard Christian collecting 56% of the vote to Tom Konis's 44%. State Senator Michael Baumgartner leads Democrat David Green (54-46%) for county treasurer. Republican County Clerk Tim Fitzgerald leads Democrat Michael Kirk by a 52-48% margin. Republican Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a seven-to-one vote lead over Scott Maclay. Randy Brandt and Patrick Johnson are the two leading vote getters for a District Court seat.