Incumbents Roll in State Primary

Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant easily advanced through Washington’s primary to the November ballot Tuesday night, as did Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and opponent Republican Chris Vance.

In early returns Tuesday night in the state’s top two primary, Inslee had 49 percent of the vote and Bryant had 38 percent. Murray advanced with 54 percent of the vote and Vance had 28 percent.

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U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and challenger Todd A. Bloom will advance to the Nov. 8 general election for the 6th Congressional District seat.

Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat who grew up in Port Angeles, won 52,690 votes, or 58.65 percent. He was first elected in 2012 to the district that includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

Bloom, an accountant and a Navy veteran living in Tacoma, won 21,378 votes, or 23.8 percent.

Clallam County commissioner Mike Chapman won more than 45 percent of the vote and Port Ludlow Republican George Vrable took more than 36 percent in the initial count of primary election ballots Tuesday in a three-way race for a Legislative District 24 state representative seat.

— Democrat Ron Richards was the top choice in Tuesday’s initial count of votes in the primary election for the District 2 Clallam County commission race.

He won 37.54 percent of the vote. Randy Johnson, who filed with no party preference, netted 24.77 percent of the vote, with Republican Gabe Rygaard winning 22.06 percent and Republican Maggie Roth taking 15.63 percent.

If the positions stay the same as more votes are counted this week in the all-mail election, Richards and Johnson will face off in the general election.