An upstart bid to force an intraparty general election in the Seattle-area Congressional district appears to have fallen far short.
Andrew Hughes, a Democrat and 30-year-old tax attorney, took just about 6 percent of the early returns, not nearly enough to face Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle.
Instead, McDermott will face Republican attorney Ron Bemis, who was at about 15 percent.
McDermott, a 24-year incumbent, received 69.5 percent.
That would be the lowest he’s received in any election since winning the heavily-Democratic seat in 1988.
Still, McDermott said he was pleased.
“How can you not be happy with that result?” said McDermott, speaking to reporters at a primary night party at the campaign headquarters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee.
McDermott attributed the below-usual showing to the fact that the district changed by 30 percent in redistributing.
He had predicted he would receive in the mid-60’s.