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August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election.

Here’s a quick roundup:

– Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority.

– Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, 40 percent to 39.2 percent, in the 31st District.

– Democratic House Speaker Frank Chopp is holding a 60-percentage-point lead over socialist and climate scientist Jess Spear, in Seattle’s 43rd District. Chopp is bringing in 80 percent of the vote to Spear’s 19 percent.

– Community activist and Democrat Pramila Jayapal holds a commanding lead in the six-way race to succeed Sen. Adam Kline in District 37, which includes Southeast Seattle and Renton. Jayapal has 51 percent of the vote, followed by Louis Watanabe at 17 percent.

– In Snohomish County, Democratic incumbent County Executive John Lovick appears to lead over Republican challenger Carolyn Eslick, 47 percent to 39 percent. Lovick was appointed to the executive’s post after Aaron Reardon resigned.

– In the 1st Congressional District, one-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene leads with 51 percent, with Republican challenger Robert J. Sutherland at 16 percent Republican challenger Pedro Celis at 15 percent.

– Out in Yakima, the seven-way contest to find a successor to U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings is producing two Republicans so far, Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse, who are garnering 48 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Not all counties have reported in that race.

– In the 7th U.S. congressional district, we probably won’t see GoodSpaceGuy elected this time. Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim McDermott has 76 percent of the votes counted so far. Republican Craig Kellar is in second place with 9.5 percent.

– And, while state Sen. Rodney Tom — one of two Democrats who joined with Republicans in Olympia to form the Majority Caucus Coalition — decided not to run for re-election, the other half of the duo, Democrat Tim Sheldon, did. And the results so far are a little shaky for Sheldon. In Tuesday night’s results, Sheldon, D-Potlatch, was running second in a super-tight three-way race.  Democrat Irene Bowling had 35 percent, Sheldon had 33 percent and Republican Travis Couture had 32 percent.

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