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Republicans Gain In Spokane Vote Count As Absentees Trickle In

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Republicans are gaining ground in many Spokane County and legislative races as ballots trickle in in the days after Tuesday’s primary election.

In most cases, those counts don’t change the outcomes. But in one case, the race for a Sixth District state Senate, Rep. Jeff Holy (R-Cheney) has assumed the lead over Democrat Jessa Lewis. Holy now leads by about one percentage point. In the other Sixth District races, Democrat Kay Murano’s lead over Rep. Mike Volz (R-Spokane) has narrowed from six percent to three. Democrat Dave Wilson leads by about 10 percentage points over Republican Jenny Graham; they will face off in November.

In the Fifth Congressional District, Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ lead over Democrat Lisa Brown, which was about a half point after the first wave of ballots was counted, is now almost three points.