Republicans Dave Schmidt and John Koster are now leading their respective primary races against incumbent Democrats.
Schmidt, a former state lawmaker trying to regain his seat in the state Senate, pulled ahead of Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, in the latest tally of votes posted Tuesday by the Snohomish County Auditor.
Schmidt’s 10,979 votes is 102 more than Hobbs’ total with only a handful of ballots left to be counted before the election is certified Sept. 1.
Hobbs, who is seeking a second term, defeated Schmidt in 2006 in the 44th District that includes Mill Creek, Snohomish, Lake Stevens and part of Marysville.
Koster is 160 votes ahead of Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wa., in the battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
And Koster is doing really well in Snohomish County where both men reside. His total of 29,775 votes is nearly 3,000 votes more than than the five-term incumbent Larsen.
Just a reminder Larsen won his seat in 2000 by defeating Koster. That year, Koster won the primary then lost the general election.