Incumbents lead in 5th district vote

Unofficial results of the Nov. 4 general election show the incumbent legislators in the 5th District leading their challengers with all poll precincts counted.

The narrowest margin, in results available Tuesday, Nov. 11, showed Republican Glenn Anderson edging Democrat David Spring for the state House Pos. 2 seat by some 2,000 votes. Anderson received 32,166 votes, or 51.5 percent of the total vote, while Spring received 30,192 votes, or 48.4 percent.

Anderson’s fellow 5th District incumbents, Rep. Jay Rodne and state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, carried wider margins.

Rodne, in the Pos. 1 seat, received 37,227 votes, or 59.6 percent, to Democratic challenger Jon Viebrock’s 40.4 percent. Viebrock received 25,218 votes.

In the state Senate race, Pflug had 38,583 votes, or 59.8 percent, to Democrat Phyllis Huster’s 25,942 votes, or 40.2 percent.

Final results will be certified and posted by King County on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Anderson said he was pleased with the results and ready to get back to work in Olympia, but was also surprised that only about three quarters of registered voters in the district turned out “considering the energy of the national election.” The trio of Republican incumbents will return to House and Senate chambers still dominated by Democrats. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire was also re-elected.

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