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Incumbents easily prevail in 40th District
Voters in the San Juans joined their 40th District counterparts in sending a trio of Democratic incumbents, including state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, back to Olympia with decisive victories.
In a bid for reelection, Ranker captured 69.4 percent of both the 40th District vote and of votes tallied Tuesday in San Juan County. Ranker, a first-term incumbent and former San Juan County Councilman, led challenger John Swapp, R-Anacortes, by nearly 10,000 votes; 24,697 versus 14,206.
In other races, state Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, took a commanding lead over Brandon Robinson following Tuesday night's election results, capturing 74 percent of the initial results.
Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, garnered 77 percent of the district vote against challenger Howard Pellett of the Green Party.