The most closely-watched primary race is for Washington’s first new governor in eight years. It’s dominated by two candidates: Republican Rob McKenna is the state’s attorney general. Democrat Jay Inslee stepped down from his seat in Congress in March to run for governor.
Inslee and McKenna are vying to replace two-term Governor Christine Gregoire, a Democrat. The latest polls show Inslee with a slight lead.
Voters will narrow congressional races around the state, including Washington’s newly-formed 10th District. That district is centered around Olympia.
Washington has a “top-two” primary system. That means the top two vote-getters in each race advance to the general election, regardless of political party.
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