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Aug. 3 primary election: A look at Seattle, Tacoma mayor contests and other top races

Election workers wear gloves and a mask as they put ballots into manageable batches at the Pierce County Auditor's office in Tacoma.
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Who will advance to the November general election? Here’s a look at Aug. 3 primary election results from some of the top races in the region.

These numbers are not final. As of 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Washington Secretary of State’s Office says there are about 90,000 votes still to count in King County and 10,200 in Pierce. Snohomish County has about 14,000 left to count, and Thurston County has 10,500.

For a complete list of primary election results in Washington, visit the Secretary of State’s Elections & Voting page and click on your county.

SEATTLE MAYOR

Two political veterans took an early lead in Seattle’s mayoral race. That sets up a potential showdown between former city council colleagues Lorena González and Bruce Harrell.

González trailed Harrell by 10 points Tuesday night, but she was well ahead of the next candidate in the race, Colleen Echohawk, who led the Chief Seattle Club.

Tuesday’s results indicate that Seattle voters want change, González told supporters. She promised to support workers and get businesses and wealthy Seattlites to pay what she called their fair share.

“This is a reflection of the frustration in our city, not the frustration of bold, progressive change but the frustration against the status quo," she said.

Harrell says he and his campaign plan to continue his focus on supporting small businesses, effective policing, and aggressively addressing the homelessness crisis.

“The people are just starving for effective leadership and decisiveness. They want transparency. We know what they want, I’ve been in this community my entire life," Harrell said.

If González wins, she would be the first Latina and woman of color to serve as Seattle’s mayor. Harrell technically served as interim mayor for a few days in 2017.

SEATTLE CITY ATTORNEY

The candidates to become the next Seattle City Attorney were neck-and-neck after the first round of ballots Tuesday night.

Incumbent Pete Holmes trailed slightly behind challenger Ann Davison. Nicole Thomas-Kennedy came in last — but not by much — after the first vote tally.

Holmes is serving his third term as City Attorney. He is known for his advocacy around marijuana legalization and vacating past misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.

His opponents have challenged his record from opposite sides. Davison argues that Holmes has allowed crime to go unchecked. She is an arbitrator who has previously run for Seattle City Council and state lieutenant governor. Thomas-Kennedy is a former public defender who says she would not prosecute most misdemeanors.

KING COUNTY EXECUTIVE

It looks like incumbent Dow Constantine will face Joe Nguyen in November. Constantine net about 54% of the vote and Nguyen got 30% in the early tally. Bill Hirt, Goodspaceguy, and Johnathan Crines finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

TACOMA MAYOR

Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards held a commanding lead over her two challengers Tuesday, with 53% of the vote. Steve Haverly is in second place with 33.71%, and Jamika Scott stands at 12.71%.

EVERETT MAYOR

Incumbent Cassie Franklin is way out in front of challengers Steve Oss and Ron Wittock. She leads with 76% of the vote, and Oss has 19%.

According to The Herald, Wittock said in June he was not campaigning, and he threw his support behind Franklin. He still earned 3.6% of the vote.