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10th District race is one of state's most expensive

The three-way battle for 10th District, Position 2 in the state House of Representatives is one of the five most expensive House campaigns so far this year, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.

The commission, the state's watchdog on campaign finances, reports that the most expensive House race this year is shaping up to be the Legislative District 35, Position 2 race.

District 35 covers Mason and parts of Grays Harbor, Kitsap and Thurston counties. In that four-way race, which features two Democrats and two Republicans, a total of $186,376 has been spent through the week prior to the primary.

The next three most expensive House races have been in the 6th District ($183,319 spent so far), 17th District ($171,746) and 36th District ($163,429).

Washington has 49 legislative districts. The 6th District covers part of Spokane County; the 17th District includes part of Clark County; and the 36th District includes part of King County.

The 10th District House race is fifth on the list, with $161,812 spent by candidates. The district includes all of Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Incumbent state Rep. Barbara Bailey won the primary in the 10th District, Position 2 race with 55 percent of the vote.

Bailey, an Oak Harbor Republican, earned 21,597 votes out of 39,056 cast in the race.

Patricia Terry, a Camano Island Democrat, won 26 percent of the vote, or 10,404 votes, and will advance to the November election.

Democrat Ann McDonald took 18 percent of all ballots cast, or 7,055 votes.

Democrat Tim Knue has raised, and spent, more than any other House candidate in the 10th District. He has raised $140,066 and spent $75,873 in his battle against incumbent Republican Norma Smith, who has raised $95,700 and spent $43,769.

Bailey is second on the list of most raised and most spent. She has raised contributions totaling $113,419 and spent $70,087 through Sept. 5.

Overall, Democratic Party candidates for the state House have raised more, and spent more, than Republican candidates in the week prior to the primary, according to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Democrats raised $6.2 million and spent $2.9 million; while Republicans have raised $3.5 million and spent $1.8 million.

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