Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Early Election Returns

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The numbers are rolling in — and most primary races are too early to call — but this is how things are shaping up so far at 8:30 pm. (Remember, the top two winners advance to the general election in November.)

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Patty Murray (D) is winning handily with Dino Rossi (R) in a secure second place.

U.S. House: Incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers is crushing the competition so far with more than 70 percent of the tallied votes. Former weatherman Daryl Romeyn and Barbara Lampert, both Dems, are in an early battle for second.

State House (3rd District, Pos. 1): Way too earlier to tell, but Andy Billig, the Democratic Party-backed candidate, is in a close race with Bob Apple (D) and Louise Chadez (D).

State House (6th District, Pos. 2): Incumbent John Driscoll (D) is leading by a couple of thousand votes over John Ahern and Shelly O'Quinn, who's running in third.

Spokane County Prosecutor: Democrat Frank Malone, a first-time candidate, is leading in early returns with longtime prosecutor Steve Tucker running a close second. Chris Bugbee (R), who dominated the fundraising race, is in third.

Spokane County Commission: Incumbent Bonnie Mager (D) is all but certain to advance to November, though who she'll face is unclear: Steve Salvatori, Al French and Jeff Holy are all within contention at this point.

Check back tomorrow morning for full results on Inlander.com.

To read previous ELECTION 2010 COVERAGE, click here.

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