After a close battle for second place, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott conceded the race for Washington’s 7th Congressional District, leaving state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw to face state Sen. Pramila Jayapal in November.

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State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw will face state Sen. Pramila Jayapal in November’s general election for Washington’s 7th Congressional District.

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott conceded after additional vote counts released late Friday showed he would not overtake Walkinshaw.

“More than ever, I am excited to continue serving the people here in King County and work together to build and support a growing and equitable economy that provides opportunity for all families throughout the Pacific Northwest,” McDermott said in a statement.

Jayapal easily moved on from Tuesday’s primary election, with 41.5 percent of the vote as of Friday. Walkinshaw had 21.2 percent, and McDermott 19.7 percent.

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They are battling to replace retiring Rep. Jim McDermott, no relation to Joe.

“I am excited to carry our positive progressive vision for the Pacific Northwest into the general election,” Walkinshaw said. “ … This district demonstrated today that it is ready for a new generation in Congress, and I am honored to have the support of so many voters in this community.”

Both candidates sent news releases thanking McDermott. All three are Democrats.

In Snohomish County, Proposition 1, a proposal to fund public safety and help fight the county’s opioid problem was failing 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent after Friday’s vote count.

Votes will continue to be counted next week.