OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democrat Kim Schrier is maintaining her lead for the second spot in Washington's 8th District Congressional primary election.
Schrier, a pediatrician, was in second place in updated returns Friday, ahead of attorney Jason Rittereiser. Republican Dino Rossi, a former state lawmaker who had unsuccessful runs for governor and the U.S. Senate, advanced Tuesday to the November election. The top two vote getters are placed on the November ballot, regardless of party.
The two are seeking the seat left open by long-time incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is retiring. The seat has been held by Republicans since it was created in the early 1980s.
The district includes the eastern suburbs of Seattle and stretches into the rural Cascade Mountains. It is among about two dozen across the country that are held by Republicans but whose voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making it a critical potential pickup for the Democrats trying to gain control of the House for the first time since 2010.
Washington is a vote by mail state and elections officials have been tallying ballots throughout the week.