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Republican Senate Candidates Enjoy Strong Showing In Washington Primary

Democrats may face an uphill battle in their bid to win back the Washington state Senate. Early primary election returns  Tuesday night showed Republicans polling well in several key districts.

Chris Vance is a former Republican Party chair and political handicapper for He rattled off a list of Republicans who had well over 50-percent of the vote in the first count.

“I mean Baumgartner 57%, Angel 56%, O’Ban 56%, Miloscia 57%, Ericksen 57%, Andy Hill 54% so the Democrats are going to overcome some big deficits in order to win some seats and get the majority,” Vance said.

Democrats need a net gain of two seats to win back the Washington Senate. They’re confident of picking up at least one seat. That’s the position currently held by Majority Leader Rodney Tom.

He’s a Democrat who joined with Republicans in 2013 to take control of the Washington Senate. Tom is not running for re-election.

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