Dems likely to retain majority in WA state Senate
Democrats are likely to retain their numerical majority in the state Senate, but three undecided races will determine their margin over Republicans.
So far, Democrats are likely to lose a seat in the 10th district, where incumbent Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen is trailing Rep. Barbara Bailey by 5 points. The district covers Island County and sections of Snohomish and Skagit counties.
But Republicans are also likely to lose a seat in eastern King County. Democrat candidate Mark Mullet is leading Republican Brad Toft in the 5th district race by 8 points. The seat was formerly held by a Republican.
The closest race is in the Vancouver area, where after Wednesday's vote update Democratic Rep. Tim Probst led incumbent Republican Sen. Don Benton by just 102 votes.
Currently, Democrats have a 27-22 majority.
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