Election 2016: Incumbents winning in 21st, 32nd; Jayapal leads to replace McDermott

election-2016-buttonThe Aug. 2 primary proved to be a good night for Democratic incumbents, as expected, in the 32nd and 21st State Legislative Districts, which include Edmonds and parts of Lynnwood.

32nd District Representative Position 1

Incumbent Democrat Cindy Ryu cruised to victory with 73.76 percent of the vote, followed by Republican Al Rutledge, with 18.99 percent. Ryu and Rutledge will meet again in November. Keith Smith, who stated no party preference, earned 7.25 percent of the vote.

32nd District Representative Position 2

Long-time Democratic incumbent and children’s advocate Ruth Kagi received 64.56 percent of the vote and will face Republican David Schirle, who got 22.53 percent. Democrat Wesley Irwin received 11.1 percent of the vote and Libertarian Alex Hart earned 2.8 percent.

21st District Representative Position 1

Incumbent Democrat and former Edmond City Councilmember Strom Peterson cruised to victory with 77.94 percent of the vote while challenger libertarian Alex Hels got 22.06 percent. Both move on to the November general election.

21st District Representative Position 2

Incumbent Democrat Lillian Ortiz-Self was the winner with 56.69 percent of the vote Tuesday night and will face Republican Jeff Scherrer, who won 32.82 percent of the vote.

Libertarian Bruce Guthrie got 6.17 percent of the vote while Mohammed Riaz Khan, who stated no party preference, finished with 4.31 percent.

7th Congressional District

Pramila Jaypal
Pramila Jaypal

Pramila Jayapal took a commanding lead in Tuesday’s vote count in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott in Washington’s 7th Congressional District seat, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. Jayapal had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November general election.

Joe McDermott (no relation to Jim McDermott) and Brady Walkinshaw were neck and neck behind Jayapal, McDermott with 21.5 percent and Walkinshaw with 20.9 percent.

The top two vote-getters will move on to the fall election after all of the votes are counted and final results are certified in about two weeks.

You can see all Snohomish County election results here.

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