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Most Northshore primary races definitive, Rep. DelBene challenger still unknown
The Washington state 2014 primary election took place Aug. 5 and there are very few surprises in preliminary results for Northshore races. The results, however, maybe a barometer for the general election.
The most hotly contested race was to see who, out of the six challengers, would take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District during the general election. To no one's surprise, DelBene is garnering the top spot in the top-two primary with 51 percent of the vote. Two Republicans lead the rest of the pack, as biochemist Robert J. Sutherland narrowly leads former Microsoft engineer Pedro Celis by less than 300 votes, 15.77-15.49 percent. In a distant fourth place is John Orlinski with 10.13 percent.
The closest of the primary battles involve Bothell races, as 1st District Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace) is leading his republican challenger, Edward J. Barton (R-Mill Creek), 44-43 percent. But a third candidate, democrat Dave Griffin, is pulling in 13 percent of the vote. Griffin will likely not make it to the general election. Rep. Derek Stanford is running unopposed.
The 46th District primary involving Kenmore has less competitive races. State Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) leads his challenger, Van Sperry (R-Kenmore), 79-21 percent and State Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) is leading Branden Curtis (R-Shoreline), 82-18 percent. No other candidates are running in these races and all will advance to the general election. Rep. Gerry Pollet is running unopposed.