- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

OLYMPIA, Washington — Sen. Maria Cantwell has advanced to the November ballot in Washington’s primary election.

Cantwell will face Republican Susan Hutchison in November.

Hutchison has gained a top-two finish in Washington state’s primary to advance to the November general election.

The former television newscaster and GOP state party chairwoman finished second in the voting in Tuesday’s contest. Under Washington’s primary system, the top two vote-getters go on to November, regardless of party.

Hutchison is the former state Republican Party chairwoman.

She is making a longshot bid to oust the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Maria Cantwell, who is seeking a fourth term.

The Democrat easily outpaced all other candidates.

Cantwell is Washington’s junior senator and the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.


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