Republican Jan Angel maintained her lead over state Sen. Nathan Schlicher in updated vote totals released Wednesday afternoon.
Angel led by about 1,200 votes after Wednesday’s count, up from a roughly 800-vote lead in Tuesday’s returns.
That translates to a 52-48 percent race.
The special election in the 26th District, which straddles Pierce and Kitsap counties, was the most expensive state Senate race ever. It is seen as important to the makeup of the state Senate, which is currently controlled by a majority coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats.
In the minority are 24 Democrats, including Schlicher, who was appointed to fill the seat of now-U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer.