First primary numbers find incumbents out front
August 5, 2014
NEW — 9:09 p.m., Aug. 5, 2014
Incumbents lead the pack as King County announced the first tally of primary ballots Aug. 5.
Republican Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 29,727 votes or 59.45 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 15,710 or 31.42 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 4,469 or 8.94 percent.
In the 5th Legislative District representative race, Republican incumbent Chad Magendanz so far has collected the most votes in the race with 10,248 or 56.74 percent. Evergreen challenger Democrat David Spring landed in second place with 5,812 or 32.18 percent, while Democrat Colin J. Alexander and Ryan Dean Burkett fell behind with 1,222 votes (6.77 percent) and 758 votes (4.20 percent), respectively.
Three part-time judges faced each other in an King County District Court open seat. As of primary night, Lisa O’Toole took the lead with 36,850 votes or 61.27 percent, while Marcus Naylor, earning 1,658 votes or 19.38 percent, and Rick Leo, with 11,395 votes or 18.95 percent, trailed behind.
The top two of each primary will go on to face each other in the Nov. 4 general election.
Only two candidates filed for both the 5th District first seat and the 41st District races. In the 5th, Republican incumbent Jay Rodne earned 10,601 votes or 58.19 percent, to top Democrat Essie Hicks, who earned 7,587 votes or 41.65 percent. In the 41st District first position seat, incumbent Democrat gained 11,610 votes or 59.69 percent over Republican Bill Stinson’s 7,814 votes or 40.17 percent. Likewise in the 41st, incumbent Democrat Judy Clibborn gained a lead over challenger Alex O’Neil with 13,136 votes or 74 percent.
King County will not post official results for the primary until the Aug. 19 certification. Until then, count updates will appear at kingcounty.gov/elections every weekday at 4:30 p.m.