Rick Larsen (left) will oppose either Gary Franco (top right) or Brian Luke (bottom right) in the November general election.

Rick Larsen (left) will oppose either Gary Franco (top right) or Brian Luke (bottom right) in the November general election.

Still close, recount could decide Rep. Larsen’s November foe

Challengers Brian Luke and Gary Franco are separated by fewer than 100 votes in the primary tally.

EVERETT — A recount is needed to determine who will oppose Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen in the general election.

Challengers Brian Luke and Gary Franco are separated by fewer than 100 votes in a duel for the runner-up spot in the Aug. 7 primary. Only a handful of ballots are left to count in the 2nd Congressional District race, according to county election officials.

If the two remain this close, it will trigger a machine recount of the roughly 156,200 ballots cast in this race. A recount cannot begin until after results from the statewide primary are certified by Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Aug. 24.

“I’m excited at the possibility,” said Luke, 45, of Lynnwood. A grocery department manager, he ran against Larsen in 2016 but did not make it past the primary.

“This would give me a chance to address foreign policy and the national debt,” he said. “This also would be great exposure for the Libertarian Party. It would show people the Libertarian Party is out there and running candidates.”

Franco, 66, of Lopez Island, is the former owner and operator of Madrona Farms. He said he was “pleasantly surprised” to see the closely grouped vote totals for four of the five men opposing Larsen in the primary.

“It has been quite a horse race,” he said. “I’m chomping at the bit. I just want to be on stage with Rickie.”

Larsen is seeking a 10th term serving the district which encompasses all of Island and San Juan counties, plus western Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. It includes Everett, Marysville, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Arlington, Stanwood and Tulalip.

Larsen has 101,290 votes, or 64.9 percent, following the latest tally of votes Friday.

In the duel for second, Luke has 12,301 votes to Franco’s 12,235 votes. The 66-vote margin amounts to a difference of .27, which would trigger a machine recount.

Democrat Collin Richard Carlson is currently fourth followed by Republican Uncle Mover and Stonewall Jackson “Stoney” Bird, of Bellingham, a Green.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald net.com. Twitter: @dospueblos.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Arlington
Arlington woman dies in crash on Highway 530

The Washington State Patrol says a Stanwood man ran a red light, striking Zoey Ensey as she turned onto the highway.

FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. A leading doctor who chairs a World Health Organization expert group described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
Monkeypox case count rises to 6 in Snohomish County

Meanwhile, cases in the state have roughly doubled every week. Most of those have been in neighboring King County.

Farmer Frog employees sort through a pallet of lettuce at their new location on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
At Farmer Frog’s new pad, nonprofit helps feed 1.5M Washingtonians

The emergency food distribution network began amid the pandemic. Demand was high — so high, the truck volume led them to move.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Snohomish County, cities announce $9.6M for mental health, shelter

Projects span from Edmonds to Sultan. Each city is using American Rescue Plan Act money, with the county contributing, too.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Suspect in custody after man’s gunshot death, standoff

Deputies responded to a domestic violence call and found the suspect barricaded on the property near Snohomish.

Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe nixes college program, leaving 150-plus students in the lurch

For years, the Monroe School District footed the bill for “U3” students, who have gotten mixed messages about why that’s ending.

Desiree Gott looks over documents before her sentencing Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Driver gets over 2 years in death of motorcyclist in Everett

In May, Desiree Gott was turning into the BECU on Evergreen Way when she crashed into Matthew Japhet, 34. She had taken meth.

A frame from video taken by a nearby security camera shows a Bothell police officer (right) shooting a man who allegedly charged him with a knife. (Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team) 20210128
Prosecutor declines charges in fatal Bothell police shooting

An officer shot Juan Rene Hummel, 25, five times in 2020, when Hummel charged at the officer with a knife in his hand.

Logo for news use featuring Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Man dead in shooting near Startup antique store

The man in his 30s was shot before noon Saturday. A man in his early 20s was in custody.

Most Read