Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded.
Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with 31.4 percent, told The Olympian he has conceded the race to Sheldon.
Sheldon is one of two Democrats who have been caucusing with Republican state senators in what is called the Majority Coalition Caucus.
In District 37, community activist and Democrat Pramila Jayapal slightly widened her lead Thursday, taking 53.9 percent of the vote in a six-way race. In second place, Democrat and former teacher Louis Watanabe held down 16.3 percent. Trailing were Republican Rowland Martin with 10.4 percent, and Democrats Sheley Secrest at 10 percent, John Stafford at 7.5 percent and Claude Burfect at 2 percent.
In the District 31 race, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, maintained a narrow lead over GOP challenger Rep. Cathy Dahlquist. Roach had 40.5 percent after Thursday’s count to Dahlquist’s 39.2 percent, as the two advance to the general election. Democrat Lynda Messner remained far back, with 20.3 percent.