The first results of Tuesday's primary are in and, as expected, longtime Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott received the most votes by far, 60,431, or 69 percent of the vote, in his attempt to earn another two-year term in the 7th Congressional District, which serves portions of Snohomish and King counties.
Following McDermott was Republican Ron Bemis, who received, 13,076, or 16 percent of the vote.
McDermott is up 56 percent to 26 percent over Bemis in Snohomish County and 71 percent to 15 percent over Bemis in King County.
The next update is Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The top two finishers will go head-to-head in the Nov. 6 general election. The winner will represent Edmonds and Woodway. As a result of redistricting, both are part of the influential 7th Congressional District.
The 7th Congressional District also includes nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, a small portion of Lynnwood, all of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, most of Seattle and some of Seattle’s southwest suburbs.
McDermott, 75, has served 12 terms in Congress. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax legislation and bills affecting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs.
Snohomish County results will be certified on Aug. 21, while state results will be certified on Aug. 24.
Edmonds was formerly part of the 1st Congressional District represented by Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee, who is now running for governor against former state Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Edmonds voters will be in 7th Congressional District beginning Jan. 1, but still voted for 1st District candidates to represent them through end of year.
In the federal Senate race, meanwhile, Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, had gathered 52.2 percent of the early vote. Her challenger likely will be Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who had pulled in 32.6 percent of the ballots counted.
For a complete guide to the primary elections in Snohomish County, go to the Snohomish County Web site.
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