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November 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dems take early lead for auditor, lt. gov; secretary of state a dead heat

In the race to replace retiring Washington Sate Auditor Brian Sonntag,  Democrat state Rep. Troy Kelley was leading Republican businessman James Watkins by 53 percdent to 47 percent in initial returns.

Meanwhile, Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman were in a dead heat in the race to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed. With more than 1 million votes cast, both had roughly 50 percent of the vote.

If Drew wins, she would be the first Democratic secretary of state since Vic Meyers, who lost a re-election bid in 1964.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen was leading former state Senate Republican Leader Bill Finkbeiner 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent in the race to hold onto his seat.

Owen has been lieutenant governor since 1997. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate and takes command when the governor is out of state.

Finkbeiner is a moderate Republican who provided a key vote needed to pass a landmark gay-rights bill in 2006.

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