OLYMPIA, Wash. - Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna and Democratic former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee advanced through Washington state's primary Tuesday night and will face each other on the November ballot for governor.
Early results Tuesday night had Inslee with 47 percent of the vote and McKenna with 43 percent, putting them far ahead of seven other contenders in the gubernatorial contest.
Under the state's "top two" primary system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.
McKenna and Inslee have each raised more than $7 million already, and their campaigns have been focused against each other for months.
They are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is not seeking a third term.