Things are not looking so good for Jason Rittereiser in the 8th Congressional District. Despite a decent showing in the latest ballot counts, Rittereiser still trails rival Democrat Kim Schrier.
The gap between the two has narrowed. It's now just 1,205 votes. And ballots from Kittitas County in particular favored Rittereiser. But Kittitas alone won't save him. The county estimates it has just 1,200 ballots left to count. The other four counties in the district, meanwhile, have favored Schrier. More ballots from all five counties will be counted tomorrow. By then, we should have a clearer answer.
Here’s where a few other key races stand as of now:
• Sarah Smith is back in this thing. The anti-war candidate challenging Congressman Adam Smith from the left now leads Republican Doug Basler by 376 votes with 25.52 percent of the vote share. That means she could make it through to the general after all.
Sarah Smith told The Stranger on primary night that her campaign would feel confident going into the general with 27 percent of the vote. With thousands more ballots still left to count, and with late ballots trending blue, that may just be possible.
• Little has changed in the 3rd Congressional District, where Democrat Carolyn Long currently has about 35.3 percent, down slightly from 36.6 percent on election night. But incumbent Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler still has just 42.1 percent. While Long is behind, her showing is news in a district where Trump won by 8 points.
• Same goes for Spokane’s 5th Congressional District. Democrat Lisa Brown saw a very small dip in her total percentage—she’s now at 46.75 percent—but remains close to incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers currently stands at 47.86 percent.
• Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell remains in an extremely comfortable race with Republican challenger and former GOP Chairman Susan Hutchison. Cantwell has about 55.2 percent to Hutchison’s 24.2. Patriot Prayer goon Joey Gibson has less than 3 percent.
• Democrats continue to see good news in state legislative races. Their candidates lead in races in Republican-held districts, like the 6th (near Spokane), the 18th (near Vancouver), and 42nd (near Bellingham). State Senator Patty Kuderer, the incumbent Democrat in Bellevue’s 48th district, increased her lead by about 1 percent compared to election night. Rodney Tom, the Democrat turned Republican turned traitor, will face Kuderer in the general, but currently stands at just 29 percent.
• State Representative David Sawyer, the Democrat who represents Tacoma’s 29th District and faced allegations from multiple women of inappropriate behavior, still appears unlikely to make it through the primary. He currently sits in third with 23.2 percent of the vote, roughly the same as on election night. Republican Terry Harder is in second with 23.85 percent, and 77 votes separate the two. Democrat Melanie Morgan leads with 41.2 percent. Pierce County, which includes the 29th District has 47,000 ballots left to count.
• In the race for an open state senate seat in West Seattle’s 34th District has two clear winners, Joe Nguyen has expanded his lead over Shannon Braddock from about one percentage point on election night to about 4 points today. The two Democrats will advance to the general.
• King County Proposition 1, which will fund law enforcement fingerprint identification but also raised some concerns about future facial recognition technology, is passing with 55.4 percent of the vote. That’s down slightly from 56 percent on election night. These fucks are going to scan our faces.