Washington US House race may feature 2 Democrats

Published 08-09-2018

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SEATTLE (AP) - A progressive Democrat has edged into the second spot in the race for the 9th Congressional District.

Democrat Sarah Smith was 376 votes ahead of Republican Doug Basler when the latest ballot count was updated Thursday afternoon. If her lead holds, she'd advance to the November ballot along with Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, who has represented the district for more than two decades.

Under Washington's primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot and the top two vote getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Sarah Smith was recruited to run by Brand New Congress, the same group that backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary this summer.

The ballot update is Friday afternoon.

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