Michael Largent emerged as the leader in the race to be the Republican candidate for Whitman County commissioner District 3.
Largent had received 607 votes as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night, when initial results of the primary election were released by Whitman County Election Supervisor Debbie Hooper.
Largent led fellow Republican candidates James R. White (375 votes), Harmon Smith (358 votes) and Jeannine Henley Larkin (271 votes).
The winner will face off against Democratic candidate Nathan Weller in the Nov. 7 general election.
Hooper said 4,860 ballots were counted on Tuesday, and election officials expected to receive between 2,000 and 2,500 more ballots over the next few days.
About 19,000 ballots were mailed out to registered Whitman County voters, Hooper said. Updated results from Whitman County will be released Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
In other primary results, the Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3 Bond Proposition 1 received the necessary 60 percent of the votes to certify.
It was approved by 1,012 voters and rejected by 613.
Steve Hailey leads three other Republican candidates in the race to battle Democrat Caitlin Ross for State Representative District 9 Position No. 1.
Hailey had received 3,114 votes by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Joe Schmick was close behind with 2,738 votes. Tedd Nealey was third with 2,236 votes, and Glen R. Stockwell received 1,311 votes. The winner will face Democrat Caitlin Ross in the general election.
Nearly half of Schmick's support has come from Whitman County, where he's received 1,351 votes compared to Hailey's 628.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Republican Mike McGavick won their U.S. Senate primaries, according to the Associated Press.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
"BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Largent leads Republican primary race for Whitman County commissioner District 3"
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