OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Longtime incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and Republican Bill Finkbeiner have advanced to the fall election.

The Democrat Owen, who has served 16 years, garnered the majority of the votes following early vote counts. Finkbeiner, who previously served as the Republican majority leader in the state Senate, finished second.

Along with presiding over the Senate, which is the most visible part of the job, the lieutenant governor is in command when the governor is out of state.