Rep. Reichert finishes atop primary pack

That Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Democrat Suzan DelBene would garner the most votes Tuesday was all but assured.

Reichert led the way with 48 percent of the vote. DelBene had 27 percent Tuesday with 48 percent of precincts reporting. The two will advance to November's general election.

The state votes under a new primary system this year — the top two-vote getters advance to November, no matter their party. That has translated the Reichert-DelBene battle into seeing who can get the most votes Tuesday, with both campaigns hoping to use it to claim momentum heading into the fall.

The contest between Reichert and DelBene is expected to be a close one this fall, with the two already raising more than $3 million between them. DelBene, a former Microsoft executive, has committed more than $600,000 of her money to the race.

The centrist Reichert survived tough challenges in both 2006 and 2008 and is partly banking on dissatisfaction with Democrats to help him survive the anti-incumbent mood.