By Evan Smith
Incumbent Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Maralyn Chase held a clear lead over two challengers in early primary-election returns Tuesday night.
Chase held more than 51 percent of votes reported Tuesday, while Republican challenger Robert Reedy held second place in the top-two primary, with nearly 25 percent of the votes to slightly less than 24 percent for Democrat Chris Eggen, a Shoreline city councilman, who had called Chase an ineffective legislator.
Chase is seeking a second four-year term in the senate after serving nine years in the State House of Representatives.
The district has changed greatly since she won in 2010, having added Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace and part of northwest Seattle to its earlier base of Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, and Shoreline, while losing Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, north Kirkland and unincorporated areas of King County between Kenmore and Kirkland.
In the Snohomish County part of the district, Chase led with 49.3 percent of the votes to Reedy’s 31.1 percent, Eggen’s 19.3 and 0.1 percent for write-ins.
Snohomish County Elections Manager Garth Fell said Tuesday that the Tuesday night count included ballots that had arrived in the Tuesday morning mail and those that had been picked up from drop boxes by mid-day.
Also in the 32nd District, Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi, seeking a ninth two-year term, held a 73 percent to 27 percent lead over Republican Alvin Rutledge; and Democratic State Rep. Cindy Ryu was unopposed for a third term.