Ferguson leading in state attorney general race

OLYMPIA — King County Councilman Bob Ferguson was leading fellow councilman Regan Dunn in the race to become Washington’s next attorney general.

Ferguson had a narrow lead after initial returns were posted Tuesday night, including an advantage in populous King County.

Ferguson, a Democrat, has offered himself as an independent-minded lawyer who would stress consumer protection. Dunn has touted his experience as a U.S. prosecutor.

Ferguson was an attorney at a prominent Seattle law firm before he entered politics. He was first elected to the County Council in 2003.

In early returns for other state races:

Lieutenant governor: Incumbent Democrat Brad Owen was leading former Republican state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner. Early returns Tuesday showed Owen ahead of Finkbeiner, a former state senator from King County.

Owen has served in the position since 1997, after being elected the state’s 15th lieutenant governor. He previously served as Shelton finance commissioner and has been elected to both chambers of the state Legislature.

Owen says his top priority is stimulating the economy and helping create family-wage jobs.

The lieutenant governor also serves as president of the Senate.

Lands Commissioner: Democrat Peter Goldmark defeated Clint Didier 58 to 42 percent.

Secretary of state: With 44 percent of the vote counted, Republican Kim Wyman was leading 50.6 percent to Democrat Kathleen Drew at 49.4 percent.

Treasurer: Jim McIntire, Democrat, was leading Sharen Hanek, Republican. Auditor: Democrat Troy Kelley, Democrat, was leading James Watkins, Republican. Insurance Commissioner: Incumbent Democrat Mike Kreidler was leading John Adams, a Republican.

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