Republican candidates make gains in 10th District races

Sen. Ron Muzzall leads by 600 votes and Greg Gilday trails Democrat Angie Homola by only 120 votes.

EVERETT — After election night results favored Democrats in the 10th Legislative District, Friday’s count show an incumbent Republican in the lead and another GOP candidate barely trailing.

Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, widened his lead over Democrat Helen Price Johnson by 607 votes after taking the lead Thursday. After election night, Muzzall trailed Price Johnson by 1,319 votes.

Muzzall is seeking to keep the seat to which he was appointed in 2019. Price Johnson, of Clinton, is an Island County commissioner.

Democrat Angie Homola is ahead of Republican Greg Gilday by 120 votes in the race for a two-year term representing the district in House Position 1. The margin now stands at 49.97% to 49.82%. Homola had a 1,763 vote lead after first returns.

The winner will succeed the retiring Republican Rep. Norma Smith of Clinton.

In House Position 2, Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor, holds a steady, but shrinking, lead over Republican challenger Bill Bruch, 50.9% to 49%. The candidates are separated by 1,620 votes.

Like his party mates, the margin has dwindled for Paul as he seeks a second term. On election night, he held a 3,287 vote advantage.

Candidates are vying to represent a district covering all of Whidbey Island and Camano Island, as well as parts of south Skagit and north Snohomish counties, including the cities of Mount Vernon, La Conner and Stanwood.

It is unclear how many votes remain to be counted from the district, but estimates show 25,500 ballots left to be counted in Skagit County, 1,300 remaining in Snohomish County and about 30 more in Island County

The next update from Skagit County will come Saturday evening. Snohomish County will update Monday afternoon and Island County will update on Nov. 24.

Ian Davis-Leonard: 425-339-3448; idavisleonard@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @IanDavisLeonard.

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