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Democratic incumbents hold early leads in 45th District race

Rep. Larry Springer shares a laugh with his wife, Kirkland City Council member Penny Sweet, right, and Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene during an election night party.  - Carrie Rodriguez/Kirkland Reporter
Rep. Larry Springer shares a laugh with his wife, Kirkland City Council member Penny Sweet, right, and Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene during an election night party.
— image credit: Carrie Rodriguez/Kirkland Reporter

First general election results show a large advantage for the Democratic incumbents for both seats in the 45th District race.

Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, leads against Republican Joel Hussey for the Position 1 seat with 56.18_43.74 percent, or 22,236 votes to 17,313.

Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, leads against Republican Jim Thatcher for the Position 2 seat with 57.14_42.78 percent, or 22,535 votes to 16,871.

“I think it’s an indication that the voters actually believe the direction we’re going is the right one and we’re just going to keep it up,” said Rep. Larry Springer during an election night event at the Woodmark Hotel. “It’s all about education funding and building and infrastructure and (voters) are going to send (Roger and I) back to the Legislature.”

Results includes tabulation of at least 520,000 ballots.

The Elections Department will update results again tomorrow by 4:30 p.m. and most subsequent weekdays until election certification on Nov. 27.

The Reporter will update results as they become available.
Assistant Editor Matt Phelps contributed to this story.
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