McKenna pulls closer in governor's race, but not by much

The gap between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna in the battle to become Washington state's next governor narrowed ever so slightly Wednesday as more votes were tallied in the race.

McKenna, the Republican state attorney general, has narrowed the divide by 622 votes in the latest vote tally.

Inslee, a former Democratic Congressman from Bainbridge Island, remains in the lead with 46.7 percent of ballots cast in Tuesday's Primary Election, or 387,951 votes.

McKenna has 43 percent, or 357,460 votes.

A total of 30,49 votes separate the pair.

All told, 830,469 ballots have been counted in the race as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Voter turnout is at 22 percent so far across Washington. The highest turnout rate has been reported in Columbia County, with 43.7 percent of registered voters casting ballots. Turnout in Kitsap County is 23.9 percent.

State election officials estimate an additional 285,335 ballots remain to be counted.

Most of the votes to be tallied are in King (223,811), Pierce (97,766), Snohomish (75,290) and Spokane (72,606) counties.


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