- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on Washington state’s primary election (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Thurston County was the final county to update its primary election results late Wednesday, though the numbers didn’t change any results. Counties will continue to update throughout the week, as more than 300,000 ballots are currently on hand to be processed and counted, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The latest results still had Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee with 49 percent of the vote and Republican Bill Bryant at 39 percent. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray advanced with 53 percent of the vote and Republican Chris Vance had 28 percent.

All 10 of the state’s U.S. House seats are also on the ballot, including Seattle’s solidly Democratic 7th District, which is an open seat after Rep. Jim McDermott decided to retire after serving 14, two-year terms in Congress. That race has drawn nine candidates, including Democratic Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Democratic Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and Metropolitan King County Councilman Joe McDermott, no relation to Jim McDermott. Jayapal, with 39 percent of the vote, advanced to the November ballot, and Walkinshaw and Joe McDermott were vying for the second slot on the November ballot.

5:30 p.m.

Counties posted more primary election results late Wednesday afternoon as voters narrowed their choices in dozens of federal, statewide and local races.

But more than 345,000 ballots still need to be processed and counted. The latest results still had Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee with 49 percent of the vote and Republican Bill Bryant at 38 percent. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray advanced with 54 percent of the vote and Republican Chris Vance had 28 percent.

All 10 of the state’s U.S. House seats are also on the ballot, including Seattle’s solidly Democratic 7th District, which is an open seat after Rep. Jim McDermott decided to retire after serving 14, two-year terms in Congress. That race has drawn nine candidates, including Democratic Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Democratic Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and Metropolitan King County Councilman Joe McDermott, no relation to Jim McDermott. Jayapal, with 39 percent of the vote, advanced to the November ballot, and Walkinshaw and Joe McDermott were vying for the second slot on the November ballot.

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8:56 a.m.

Counties are expected to post more results Wednesday afternoon as voters have narrowed their choices in dozens of federal, statewide and local races in Washington’s primary election.

In the most high-profile races - governor and U.S. Senate - the November candidates have already been decided. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will face Republican Bill Bryant while Democratic Sen. Patty Murray will be on the fall ballot against Republican Chris Vance. However the final two candidates are still in question for several statewide offices, including lieutenant governor.

More than 4 million of the state’s registered voters started receiving their ballots in the mail weeks ago for the top-two primary, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the November ballot, regardless of party. As of Tuesday night, nearly 24 percent of voters had returned their ballots. The secretary of state’s office has estimated a 41 percent turnout rate.

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2:04 a.m.

Results from Washington state’s all-mail primary election will continue to trickle in throughout the week, but the races that were decided early on were no surprise: Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant easily advanced through Washington’s primary to the November ballot, as did Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and opponent Republican Chris Vance.

All 10 of the state’s U.S. House seats are also on the ballot, including Seattle’s solidly Democratic 7th District, which is an open seat after Jim McDermott decided to retire after serving 14, two-year terms in Congress. That race has drawn nine candidates, including Democratic Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Democratic Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and Metropolitan King County Councilman Joe McDermott, no relation to Jim McDermott. Jayapal, with 38 percent of the vote, advanced to the November ballot, and Walkinshaw and Joe McDermott were fighting for the second slot, with each receiving about 21 percent.

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