By Evan Smith, Herald writer
Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe and Republican challenger Dawn McCravey appear to be headed for the November ballot in the 1st Legislative District senate race, the most hotly contested and expensive legislative race in South Snohomish County.
McAuliffe had 46 percent of the primary votes counted through Tuesday night to 41 percent for McCravey and 13 percent for Democratic challenger Guy Palumbo.
As of Tuesday morning, voters in the Snohomish County part of the district had a ballot return rate of 24.08 percent, the highest rate of any legislative district all or partially in the county. The return rate in the King County part of the district was 25.04 percent.
McAuliffe, Palumbo and McCravey have raised $214,000 and spent $118,000 in addition to independent contributions of $93,000 in support of McAuliffe and $9,000 opposing McAuliffe.
The Snohomish County part of the district includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier, the Snohomish County part of Bothell and unincorporated areas north and east of Bothell.
The King County part of the district includes parts of Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas between Bothell and Kirkland.
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