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Hilyer Gains On Sanders In Wash. Supreme Court Race

Amy Radil

With the latest ballot counts posted this afternoon, the top two candidates for the open seat on the Washington Supreme Court remain in doubt. KUOW's Amy Radil reports.


The open seat on the Washington Supreme Court drew four challengers. Appellate lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud emerged in the lead on primary night with 31 percent of the vote. She says she's pleased, grateful and cautiously optimistic that she will advance to the general election. McCloud says her advocacy for constitutional rights seems to have resonated for voters statewide.

Former Justice Richard Sanders took second place on primary night. He's seeking to return to the court after narrowly losing his seat in 2010.

Longtime King County superior court judge Bruce Hilyer raised the most money and received the highest ratings. But he came in third on primary night. Hilyer wrote on his Facebook page that he expects to surpass Sanders as more votes are tallied in King County. And with the latest ballot count from King County he has narrowed Sanders' lead.

Sanders says he still expects to do well thanks to his strong showing outside King County.

But Sanders says judicial races are low budget and unpredictable. He says Hilyer may have been the perceived front–runner in the race, but there have been past examples of those candidates coming in third or fourth.

I'm Amy Radil, KUOW News.

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