Republican Joe Fain leads Sen. Claudia Kauffman in 47th District race | Election results
By DENNIS BOX
Covington Reporter Editor
August 18, 2010 · Updated 11:08 AM
The first round of election numbers were posted by the King County Elections Tuesday, Aug. 17, showing Republican challenger Joe Fain leading Sen. Claudia Kauffman in the 47th District.
In the 47th Senate race, Fain outpaced first term incumbent Kauffman in the first round a counting. Fain was tallying 8,511 votes with about 54 percent and Kauffman came in at 7,084 about 45 percent.
In the 47th state House race for Position No. 1 incumbent Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington, held a slim lead over Republican challenger Mark Hargrove with Republican Nancy Wyatt in third.
Simpson's tally came in at 6,191, nearly 40 percent, Hargrove 5,987, about 39 percent, and Wyatt 3,320 at 21 percent.
The state now uses the top-two primary, which means the two legislative candidates in each race with the most votes move on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Races with two candidates are listed on the primary ballot, which allows voters to write-in a candidate.
In the Position No. 2 race for the state House in the 47th incumbent Pat Sullivan, Democrat, took in 8,511 votes, 55 percent over Republican Rodrigo Yanez at 6,835 with 44 percent.
Both incumbents in the House races in the 5th District were leading by healthy margins.
For Position No. 1 Jay Rodne, Republican, was leading with 12,067 at 61 percent. Challenger Gregory Hoover, Democrat, brought in 7,573, 38 percent.
Republican Glenn Anderson had 11,355 votes with 58 percent to Democrat challenger David Spring with 4,895 at 25 percent and Dean Willard, Democrat, at 3,171 at 16 percent.
In the state Senate race in the 31st Sen. Pam Roach picked up 40 percent, 5,439 votes.
Democrat Ron Weigelt and Republican Matt Richardson were fighting it out for second place.
Richardson had 2,955, 22 percent for second and Weigelt had 2,755 votes, 20 percent.
Ray Bunk, Democrat had 2,293 votes, 17 percent.
In the House races in the 31st Cathy Dahlquist was leading with 4,836, nearly 37 percent for Position No. 1. Second was Democrat Peggy Levesque at 4,341, about 33 percent.
Republican Shawn Bunney was in third with 4,028 votes, 30 percent.
In Position No. 2 Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Greenwater, held a solid margin of 59 percent, 7,627 votes to Patrick Reed, Republican, in second at 3,928 votes, 30 percent.
Daniel Geske came in third with 10 percent, 1,323 votes.
In the U.S. Senate race posted on the Secretary of State site, Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat, outpaced the pack with 46 percent, 433,211 votes.
Republican challenger Dino Rossi came in at 34 percent, 319,708 votes.
In the 8th Congressional District incumbent Republican Dave Reichert took nearly 48 percent with 46,447 votes.
Second was Suzan DelBene with 25,457, about 26 percent.
King County Elections will update the numbers Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 4:30 p.m.Contact Covington Reporter Editor Dennis Box at email@example.com or 1-425-432-1209 (ext 5050).