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Hauge will advance to November ballot in prosecutor's race
Incumbent Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge was turning back fellow Democrat Bob Scales in the four-way race for the prosecutor's post, according to the initial vote tally announced Tuesday night by the Kitsap County Elections Division.
Hauge was leading in the race Tuesday night, with 38 percent of the vote.
Scales, a Democrat from Bainbridge Island, had amassed 15 percent of the vote in the initial vote tally.
Hauge will face Republican Tina Robinson in November's General Election.
Robinson picked up 32 percent of the vote, according to early returns.
Under the state's "top two" primary system, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the General Election in November.
The fourth candidate, independent Bruce Danielson, was last in the race with 13 percent of the vote.
The initial tally was Hauge with 15,187 votes; Robinson, 12,979; Scales, 6,042; and Danielson, 5,428.
The race for county prosecutor was the most acrimonious contest in this year's Primary Election.
Some supporters of Scales have harshly criticized the leadership of the 23rd Legislative District Democrats for the organization's support of Hauge. The group also gave Hauge a $500 donation to the candidate's campaign during the last week of August, which helped push Hauge's total contributions past $50,000. Scales raised just $12,480 for his campaign.
The three other campaigns in the race — those of Scales, Robinson and Danielson — also filed a joint complaint against Hauge with the Public Disclosure Commission, the state's watchdog on campaign financing, on July 28.
The three campaigns alleged that the Kitsap County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney's Guild, which supports Hauge, unlawfully coordinated its activities with Hauge's campaign, and the union wrongfully used campaign materials from the Hauge campaign to promote his candidacy in newspaper ads.