OLYMPIA — Republicans have gained another seat in the Washington state Senate, solidifying their control of the upper chamber with the help of two Democrats.
Republican Jan Angel will join the Majority Coalition Caucus next month. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that Democrat Nathan Schlicher conceded the 26th District race Thursday evening after Angel’s lead over him widened.
Angel held a 52 percent to 48 percent lead over Schlicher, leading him by more than 1,500 votes on the third day of counting Thursday. With her victory, the Majority Coalition Caucus now has a two-vote advantage in the Senate.
The race was the most expensive legislative contest in state history, with combined spending of more than $2.9 million.