Jensen widens his lead for second spot on Eighth District ballot

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There are still ballots left to be counted but it appears Republican Jesse Jensen will be U.S. Representative Kim Schrier’s opponent in the November election for the Eighth Congressional District seat.

After Tuesday’s primary election count, Jensen led fellow Republican Keith Swank by only 58 votes in the five-county district.

As more ballots were counted Jensen’s lead grew to 1,080 votes on Wednesday and 2,421 votes on Thursday.

There still are votes left to count, including in Chelan and Douglas counties, which are expected to release more results Friday afternoon.

Swank narrowly received more votes than Jensen in both counties.

Schrier, who flipped the seat to Democrats in 2018, easily outdistanced all eight candidates on the primary ballot as she seeks her second term.

In 2018, Schrier beat Republican Dino Rossi in a hotly contested race for the seat previously held by Republican former Rep. Dave Reichert, who did not see re-election.