Trends hold in latest election results Turnout higher than expected - Robnett widens lead over Lindquist

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The latest ballot counts from the Aug. 7 primary election show the election night results are holding steady and the remaining ballots aren’t likely to change any of the races as the top two vote getters head to the November general election.

The primary election will be certified on Aug. 21 after the estimated 500 ballots remaining in the system are processed and tallied. Turnout was 34 percent of the registered voters, slightly above the projection of about 30 percent.

The top two vote-getting candidates, regardless of their party affiliation, will move on to the general election on Nov. 6. Each candidate for partisan office may state a political party that he or she prefers, but that statement does not constitute a statement that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party, or that the party approves of or associates with that candidate. The top-two system has been used in races around the state since 2008.

Former deputy prosecutor and former deputy Attorney General Mary Robnett widened her lead over Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist in his fight to retain his position in what is the most-watched local race. Ballot results tallied after last week’s tally bumped Robnett up a point to 56 percent over Lindquist’s 44 percent.

The results were surprising since Lindquist was a virtual shoo-in a year ago to retain the post he has held for eight years, with a deep campaign war chest and no challenger in sight.

Then Robnett entered the field and gathered endorsements and donations as Lindquist backers sought to distance themselves from the controversies and complaints levied against Lindquist involving text messages he wrongfully withheld when they were requested under the state’s public disclosure laws and claims of politicizing the prosecutor’s office.

The only other county-wide race during the upcoming election is that for Pierce County Auditor, with incumbent Julie Anderson running unopposed to serve a third term before the Democrat is term limited out of office. Because the race lacked a challenger, Anderson’s name didn’t appear on the primary ballot.

In other local races:

Democrat Lorra Jackson moves on to the general election for the County Council District No. 1 seat, with 39 percent of the vote. Her challenger will be Dave Morell, with 30 percent of the vote. Also rans, Sharon Hanek and Milton Tremblay both received about 15 percent of the vote each.

The Council District No. 5, which includes parts of East and South Tacoma, has Democrat Marty Campbell at 39 percent against Republican Justin Van Dyk’s 37 percent, trailed by Democrat Suzanne Skaar at 24 percent.

Democrat incumbent Derek Young posted a strong showing to retain his seat, with 61 percent of the vote to Republican challenger David Olson’s 39 percent for the Council’s District No. 7 post.

In federal races involving Tacoma:

Democrat Maria Cantwell has a strong 55 percent of the vote in a crowded race to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate, with her closest challenger being former state Republican Party Chairwoman Susan Hutchison, who gained 24 percent of the vote in the 29-way race.

Democrat Congressman Derek Kilmer has double the votes of the closest challenger, Republican Douglas Dightman for the Congressional District 6 seat that includes parts of Tacoma as well as Mason, Grays, Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam counties.

The Congressional District 8, which includes much of Pierce County, has Republican Dino Rossi topping the ballot with 43 percent to Democrat Kim Schrier in the open race caused when ‎Republican Dave Reichert announced‎ he would not run for an eighth term in office.

The 9th Congressional District has Democrat incumbent Adam Smith with 48 percent of the vote to his closest challenger, Republican Sarah Smith, who gained 27 percent of the vote to edge out fellow Republican Doug Basler’s 25 percent.

In state races, Democrat Laurie Jinkins landed 73 percent of the vote to retain her 27th District Position 1 seat in the House of Representatives against challenger Republican Kyle Paskewitz, while Jake Fey landed 78 percent to retain is Position 2 seat against Independent Donald Golden.

Over in the 28th District, Democrat Mari Leavitt could unseat incumbent Republican Dick Muri for the Position 1 seat. Leavitt has 53 percent to Muri’s 47 percent as they head into the general election. Democrat Christine Kilduff has a strong 59 percent of the vote to Republican Maia Espinoza’s 41 percent for the Position 2 seat.

The 29th District has Democratic Sen. Steve Conway with a strong showing of 68 percent to challenger, Independent Pierre Malebranche’s 32 percent. Democrat Melanie Morgan tops the list for Position 1 in the 29th House race against Republican Terry Harder’s 25 percent. Incumbent David Sawyer posted just 22 percent of the vote under a cloud of controversy over sexual harassment allegations and will not move on to the general election. Democrat Steve Kirby is running unopposed for his Position 2 seat in the 29th Legislative District.

The latest election results and the ballot counts for federal, state and judicial races are available at PierceCountyElections.org. Campaign information about candidate funders and expenditures are available at the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website. www.pdc.wa.gov.

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