Voting is underway for Washington's 2018 primary election. Here's a guide to The Seattle Times' coverage of key races in our region, as well as reports on the political landscape this election year.

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Voting is underway in Washington’s 2018 primary election. Ballots must be postmarked by election day, Tuesday, Aug. 7, or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day. The top two vote-getters in each race will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

Here’s a guide to The Seattle Times’ coverage of key races in our region, as well as reports on the political landscape this election year.


8th Congressional District

Four candidates — three Democrats and one Republican — have emerged as leaders in the battle to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert.

Shannon Hader, D
Jason Rittereiser, D
Dino Rossi, R
Kim Schrier, D

8th congressional District primary goes negative with mailers on vaccination

Dems vying for Reichert’s seat: united on abortion, divided on Rossi strategy

 — U.S. Chamber spends $200K on new TV ads lauding Republican Dino Rossi on free trade; Trump’s tariffs not mentioned

— In TV ad, Democratic congressional candidate Jason Rittereiser lobs ‘treason’ charge at Trump

9th Congressional District

Veteran incumbent Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, is challenged by progressive and first-time candidate Sarah Smith.

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U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has attracted 28 challengers, including former state Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison.

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State Legislature

— Races heating up in the Washington legislative districts that elect both Democrats and Republicans

More women take aim at glass ceiling in campaigns for Washington Legislature

Washington state Democrats fighting hard for longtime GOP seats; here’s how some key races are shaping up

Run of retirements could mean lively election, new dynamic in Washington Legislature

30th Legislative District Senate

Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, faces perhaps the toughest re-election fight in the Senate. He’s challenged by Democrats Claire Wilson and Tirzah Idahosa.

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34th Legislative District Senate

A rare open seat has attracted 11 candidates led by Democrats Shannon Braddock, Joe Nguyen, Sofia Aragon and Louis Schipper.

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35th Legislative District Senate

Sen. Tim Shelton, D-Potlatch, the longest-serving legislator in Olympia, is known for crossing the aisle to help Republicans form a governing coalition that put Democrats in the minority for several years. His main opponent is Democrat Irene Bowling.

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44th Legislative District Senate

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lakes Stevens, who calls himself an “extreme centrist,” is challenged by Republican Doug Roulstone and Libertarian Jeremy Fitch.

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47th Legislative District Senate

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, faces Democrat Mona Das.

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48th Legislative District Senate

Rodney Tom, who was first elected to the Legislature as a Republican and later turned Democrat, is running against Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, in an effort to reclaim the seat he gave up in 2014.

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Election security

With Russian hacking fresh in mind, Washington state beefs up elections cybersecurity