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Drew vs. Wyman likely; Nickels out

The secretary of state race is one of the most competitive statewide primaries, with seven candidates on the ballot.

Seattle Times Olympia bureau

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Republican Kim Wyman will likely face Democrat Kathleen Drew in the November election to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed.

The secretary of state race was one of the most competitive statewide primaries, with seven candidates on the ballot.

Wyman, the Thurston County auditor, held a big lead as the only Republican in the field with 39 percent of the first-day vote. Drew, a former state senator who had 22 percent of the vote, was leading two other Democratic rivals — former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup.

Here's a breakdown of other statewide races:

State auditor

Republican business consultant James Watkins will advance to the general election, but it wasn't clear in first-day returns who his Democratic opponent will be.

State Rep. Troy Kelley, D-University Place, was leading state Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, and Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way. The winner in November will replace retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag.

Lieutenant governor

Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will likely face former state Senate Republican Leader Bill Finkbeiner in November.

Finkbeiner is a moderate Republican who provided a key vote needed to pass a landmark gay-rights bill in 2006. He picked up endorsements ranging from former Republican Gov. Dan Evans to Krist Novoselic, a Democrat and a founder and bass player in the band Nirvana.

Owen has been lieutenant governor for 16 years.

Commissioner

of public lands

Incumbent Democrat Peter Goldmark will run against Republican tea-party favorite Clint Didier.

Didier, a Pasco farmer and former NFL player, lost to Dino Rossi in the 2010 primary for the U.S. Senate. Rossi lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

Superintendent

of public instruction

State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn may be able to skip the November election.

Under Washington's top-two primary system, the top two vote getters running for the nonpartisan office go on to the general election, unless one person earns more than 50 percent of the vote. In that case, the winner goes on the general election unopposed. Dorn had 54 percent of the first-day returns. Four other candidates filed for the job but raised no money.

Insurance commissioner

Incumbent Democrat Mike Kreidler will advance to the general election, but initial returns were too close to tell who he'll face. Kreidler was challenged by two Republicans and an independent in the primary. Republicans John Adams and Scott Reilly were too close to call.

Andrew Garber: 360-236-8266 or agarber@seattletimes.com. This story includes material from The Seattle Times archives and wire reports.

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