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Angel, Kilmer cruise; library measure failing
Incumbent Port Orchard Republican Jan Angel will apparently retain her seat in the Washington State House of Representatives handily, racking up 60 percent of the vote in early returns during Tuesday night's general election.
Her oppponent, Gig Harbor physcian Sumner Schoenike, netted about 40 percent.
In a year of expected Republican inroads both state- and nationwide, Angel's 26th District colleague, Democrat Sen. Derek Kilmer, who worked hard to position himself as a fiscal moderate, also appears to have won easy re-election, garnering 59 pecent of the vote compared to 41 percent to his opponent, Gig Harbor real estate broker Marty McClendon.
Two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Larry Seaquist, meanwhile, was locked in a tougher battle with newcomer Doug Richards.
With roughly 10,000 votes remaining to be counted through the end of the week, Seaquist held a 52-47 lead.
In all three races, those totals reflect results from both Kitsap and Pierce County voters since the 26th District crosses the county line.
In Kitsap County election results, first-term incumbent Democrat Josh Brown appears to have defeated challanger Abby Burlingame, with the margin currently at 52-47.
Meanwhile, longtime prosecutor Russ Hauge, facing his first opponent since 1992 in the person of Port Orchard attorney Bruce Danielson, was also leading 52-47.
Finally, the Kitsap Regional Library lid lift request was going down to a lopsided defeat, 58-42.
More results will be posted as they become available.