Blaine’s Jason Overstreet will be facing off against Democrat Al Jensen in the race for the 42nd district’s state representative position 1 in the November general election.
Unofficial election results for the August 17 primary election for position 1, which had five candidates going into the primary, show Republican Overstreet, a Seattle firefighter and Blaine city council member, received 44 percent of the vote with 11,770 votes while Jensen, a detective with the Bellingham police department, received 28 percent with 7,452 votes. The race will be closer than it looks at present; Richard May, the other Democratic candidate in the contest, received 3,755 votes as of press time.
The other 42nd district general election pairings are Republican Vincent Buys and incumbent Kelli Linville, (D-Bellingham) for state representative position 2 and Republican Doug Ericksen and Democrat Pat Jerns for state senator.
Buys received 51 percent of the vote with 13,870 votes while Linville received 49 percent with 13,474 votes. In the 42nd district state senate race, Ericksen received 61 percent of the vote with 16,516 votes while Jerns received 39 percent with 10,755 votes.
In the United States congressional races, Democratic Senator Patty Murray will face Republican Dino Rossi in the general election. Murray pulled in 46 percent of the vote with 513,399 votes while Rossi secured 33 percent with 374,044 votes. Murray has no reason to feel complacent as the other Republican candidates pulled in a total of 182,703 votes.
The general election race for U.S. representative 2 will most likely pit Democratic Representative Rick Larsen against Republican challenger John Koster. The results in their primary could not have been much closer, with preliminary numbers showing Larsen receiving 58,926 (42.7%) votes and Koster getting 56,532 (41%) votes. The other Democratic and Republican challengers received 14,905 and 7,595 votes, respectively.