SOUTH BEND — Results from the Aug. 4 primary election are in, and Democratic incumbent Frank Wolfe and Libertarian challenger Dan Driscoll are headed for a general election matchup this November for a seat on the county commission.
Wolfe, seeking a third term in office, leads the three-person field for the Pacific County Commissioners Position No. 2 seat with 42.4% of the vote. Driscoll, an Oysterville oysterman, sat in second place with 39.8%, while fellow challenger Jon Lind, running as an Independent, had 17.2%.
About 9,500 ballots have been tallied countywide as of Aug. 15, with the Pacific County Auditor’s Office reporting more than 9,700 ballots have been returned so far, leaving about 200 ballots left to count. Wolfe and Driscoll will advance to face off on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Incumbent Lisa Olsen, a Republican, will face Democratic challenger Darrell Moudry in the other race after being the only two candidates running for the seat. Olsen currently leads the primary election vote with 55.8% of the vote, while Moudry has 43.9%.
In each of the county commissioner races on the primary election ballot, only voters within the respective districts are able to vote in the primary. In the general election, both of the races will be decided by all Pacific County voters, not just the district the commissioners represent on the county commission.
Wilson advances to face Takko in 19th LD senate race
In the 19th Legislative District State Senate race, incumbent Dean Takko, D-Longview, and Longview Republican Jeff Wilson appear have emerged from a three-person primary to advance to the Nov. 3 general election in what is sure to be a contentious race.
Takko led the race with 44.4% of the vote, while Wilson, a Port of Longview Commissioner, was in second with 37%. Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier, a Republican, rounded out the field with 18.5% of the vote.
In the race for the 19th District state representative seat held by incumbent Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, Walsh will advance to the general election and will apparently face off against Montesano Democrat Marianna Everson. Walsh leads the three-person field with 57.6% of the vote, while Everson, a nurse, is currently in second with 22.3%. Fellow Montesano Democrat Clint Bryson, a city councilor who received the backing of the Washington State Democratic Party, is narrowly in third with 20%.
By virtue of being the only two candidates in the other 19th District state representative race, incumbent Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, and Cathlamet Republican Joel McEntire have advanced to the general election. McEntire currently leads the primary election vote with 53.2% of the vote, while Blake has 46.6%. Blake and McEntire faced off in the general election two years ago, a race Blake won with 54% of the vote.
In Pacific County only, each of the 19th District incumbents lead with at least 50% of the vote. Takko is performing about 6% better in Pacific County than the 19th District as a whole, with 53.4% of the countywide vote; Walsh is performing about 4% worse, with 53.5%; and Blake is performing about 6% better, with 52.7%.
About 47,000 votes have been counted so far in the legislative races, some 21,000 more than were cast in the 2016 primary election.
Herrera Beutler, Long rematch set
In a five-person race with only two serious candidates, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Carolyn Long are headed for a rematch in November in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.
With about 228,000 ballots counted, Herrera Beutler led the field with 56.2% of the vote, while Long is in second with 39.7%. The three other candidates, two Democrats and a candidate who stated no party preference, combined to make up about 4% of the vote.
The results are a strong showing for Herrera Beutler after defeating Long by about 5% in the 2018 general election, her closest race since first being elected to Congress in 2010. In the 2018 primary election, a seven-person race, Herrera Beutler received just 42.1% of the vote.
In Pacific County, Herrera Beutler currently has 53.4% of the vote, while Long has 40.9%.
Inslee way out in front, Culp comes in second
In a race with 36 — yes, 36 — candidates, two-term incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, will easily advance to the general election, and he will be joined by Republican challenger Loren Culp.
Inslee leads the field with 50.2% of the vote. Culp, the police chief of the city of Republic, sits in second place with 17.4%, while fellow Republican Joshua Freed was in third at 8.9%.
In Pacific County, Inslee leads the field with 41.8% of the vote, while Culp is in second with 33.2%.
In the 11-person race for the open lieutenant governor’s seat, outgoing U.S. Rep Denny Heck, a Democrat, currently tops the field with 25.1% of the vote. He will be joined in the general election by fellow Democrat state Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, with 18.5%, while Republican Ann Davison Sattler is in third with 12%.
In the rest of the statewide offices, all but two incumbents have received at least 50% of the vote in their races. Treasurer Duane Davidson, a Republican, trails his sole challenger state Rep. Mike Pellicciotti, D-Federal Way, with 46.6% of the vote. In the non-partisan race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Chris Reykdal leads a six-person field with 40.3% of the vote. He will face challenger Maia Espinoza, who has 25.3% of the vote, in November.
Overall, 54.1% of ballots — about 2.49 million — mailed to Washington voters have been counted through Monday, Aug. 10. About 6,000 ballots across the state are estimated to still be counted.