Primary loser Joe McDermott on Thursday endorsed former rival Brady Walkinshaw in Walkinshaw’s general-election race against Pramila Jayapal for Washington’s 7th Congressional District seat.

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Joe McDermott, the Metropolitan King County Council member who finished third in this month’s primary election for Washington’s 7th Congressional District seat, on Thursday endorsed state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw for November’s general election.

Walkinshaw finished second in the top-two primary to state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, who captured about 42 percent of the vote in a field with nine total candidates.

The three leading vote-getters in the primary are all Democrats. Walkinshaw netted about 21 percent of the vote, edging out McDermott by 2 percentage points.

The contest is the Seattle-area district’s first in 28 years without incumbent Jim McDermott (no relation to Joe), who’s retiring at the end of this year after 14 terms.

Leading up the primary, Jayapal promised to push aggressively for income and gender equality, while Walkinshaw focused somewhat more on environmental issues, and Joe McDermott vowed to pursue gun-safety and campaign-finance reforms.

“Brady is the leader we need in Congress,” McDermott said in a news release.“Brady is a bridge-builder who reaches across the aisle to solve real problems and the communities of the 7th District need a partner in Congress who will focus on getting things done. That’s why he’s earned the support of dozens of his colleagues and local community leaders, and I will be proud to partner with him as our next representative.”

In the release, Walkinshaw said, “I am honored to have Joe’s endorsement in this critical race … Joe has been a tireless advocate for this region for decades, and I am excited to work together to deliver the results our community needs, like addressing our transportation and housing challenges, and tackling climate change head-on.”

Jayapal, a former Wall Street investment banker and nationally known immigrant-rights activist who was born in India, ran away with the primary with support from political organizations like MoveOn.org, women’s organizations like EMILY’s List, and a rare endorsement from a former presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If every one of Joe McDermott’s voters had instead cast their ballots for Walkinshaw in the primary, Walkinshaw would have finished about 3,400 votes behind Jayapal.

“Pramila remains committed to representing this district with her bold progressive leadership that will reshape our government into one that lifts all of us up without tearing any one down,” Jayapal spokesman Todd Prieb said. “She believes her message and track record of progressive results will continue to resonate with voters.”

Prieb added, “She remains committed to ensuring we address income inequality in our region, expand Social Security and Medicare, invest in free college for young people, and address the crisis of climate change.”