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Mullet Narrowly Leads Toft in Early 5th District Primary Returns

As of Tuesday night, Aug. 7, Issaquah Democrat Mark Mullet held a 5-point lead over Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft.

With countywide turnout so far on the low side at 25 percent of registered voters' ballots verified, Issaquah councilman (D-Issaquah) held a lead of 52.61 percent over (R-Snoqualmie). In the 5th District, so far 18.5 percent of registered voters' ballots have been verified.

Meanwhile for 5th District Washington State Representative Position 2, Chad Magendanz, an Issaquah School District Board Member who prefers the Republican party, looks to face David Spring, who prefers the Democratic Party, in the general election. Magendanz has 52.34 percent of the vote in early returns over Spring's 42.25 percent, and the third candidate, Ryan Dean Burkett (no party affiliation) trails with just more than 5 percent.

For Position 1, incumbent Jay Rodne is unopposed.

Voter turnout is looking lower than King County Republicans had hoped for so far, said Kirby Wilbur, Washington State Republican Party chairman. So far, of 87,003 registered voters in the 41st District, King County has received and counted 19,167 votes, or about 22 percent. The deadline to postmark or turn in ballots was today; Patch will update results in the coming days.

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