Duane Davidson had a large lead Tuesday over Michael Waite in the vote for state treasurer.

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Duane Davidson beat fellow Republican Michael Waite Tuesday in the vote for state treasurer.

The race ends Democrats’ hold on the office, after winning every treasurer’s contest since 1952.

Three Democrats carved up so much of the August primary vote that Republicans Davidson and Waite emerged as the top two for the general election.

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In Tuesday’s returns, Davidson had 59 percent of the vote and was winning in every county.

Davidson has been Benton County treasurer since 2003. Waite, of Seattle, has managed assets for Bill and Melinda Gates’ investment firm.

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