Who voted late? It looks as if more Republicans waited until the last minute to vote in the August primary.
We’re still trying to get a feel for who votes, and when they vote in an all mail-in August primary. With the old physical polling places, it used to be that late votes to be counted would trend Democratic. But some late mail-in votes in an August primary are trending Republican instead.
—In the Attorney General’s race, Democrat Bob Ferguson was at 52% after the first ballot count, but he’s down one percentage point and Republican Reagan Dunn is up to 39%.
—In Legislative District 10, Democrat Mary Margaret Haugen was a few tenths of a percentage point behind Republican Barbara Bailey on election night, but Haugen has now fallen back by four points.
—In the State Supreme Court Position 9, libertarian-leaning Richard Sanders is widening his lead over Bruce Hilyer for the number two spot.
The swings aren’t great, but the Republican-leaning trend is worth noting if we have any close races in Washington state. In past elections, Democrats have picked up in late ballot counts. That may be changing.