Democratic candidates Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock rose to the top of the 11-candidate field to win the Aug. 7 primary with the goal of replacing Sen. Sharon Nelson in Olympia.
They each received far more votes than the closest competitors — and ended the primary season with a nearly neck-and-neck finish. Vote counts Tuesday evening had Nguyen with 6,769 votes (27.65 percent) and Braddock with 6,570 votes (26.83 percent).
Behind them were Democrat Lois Schipper with 9.49 percent, Republican Darla Green with 8.81 percent and Democrat Sofia Aragon wiht 8.27 percent. Vashon’s local candidate, Lisa Devereau, garnered 850 votes (3.47 percent).
Other results from the evening for Vashon-Maury voters included Sen. Maria Cantwell earning more than 66 percent of the vote from her crowded field. She will face off against Republican Susan Hutichison in the November election.
U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal received nearly 82 percent of the vote in her contest against Republican Craig Keller.
Washington State Representatives Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon each ran uncontested; both received about 96 percent of the vote.
Proposition 1, which provided continued funds for the county’s automated finger print system, passed with more than 56 percent of the vote.
Initial vote counts included approximately 28 percent of the county’s 1,283,855 voters.
The election wil be certified Aug. 21.