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Bakke's grip on second place drops by one vote

Incumbent Republican Phil Bakke continues to win in the battle for second place on the November ballot in the District 1 Island County commissioner race.

With less than 25 votes left to count, Island County's election division reports that Bakke is leading no-party candidate Curt Gordon by 52 votes.

Bakke had led by 53 votes early Friday.

Democrat Helen Price Johnson is solidly in front in the four-person race, with 5,250 votes.

Republican Reece Rose remains in fourth, with 1,598 votes.

The primary election will be certified as official on Sept. 3. Under Washington's top-two primary, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election in November.

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