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Oh, what a night: Seattle parks measure looks like a winner. Tim Sheldon may survive primary. Pam Roach staring at big challenge ahead.

The issues at stake: Control of the state Senate, future of Seattle parks, and the makeup of our congressional delegation.

Summing up: 5 big votes

10:23 p.m. Here are the key results from the first-night vote counts in the Tuesday primary. Remember, results will continue to roll in for most of the next two weeks, with most big daily updates posted late in the afternoon. Official tallies won’t be certified until Aug. 19.

1. Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a metropolitan parks district with expanded property tax authority, is leading with 52.3 percent voting yes.

2. State Sen. Tim Sheldon, a nominal Democrat whose victory is crucial to Republican control of the state Senate, appears to be surviving (barely) a primary challenge from Democrats and a libertarian. Democrat Irene Bowling is ahead, but Sheldon appears to have enough votes to squeak into second place, which would secure him a spot on the general election ballot.

3. Republican state Sen. Pam Roach failed to eliminate her Republican primary challenger, state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist. They will face off in the general election this November.

4. Tea Party Republican Clint Didier will go against fellow Republican Dan Newhouse for Doc Hastings’ former Fourth Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

5. Republican hopes to mount a substantive challenge to first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene fizzled. The expected challenger, former Microsoft engineer Pedro Celis, was languishing in third place, and in danger of elimination, with only 15 percent of the vote. Dark horse Robert J. Sutherland, a retired biochemist and party activist in Snohomish County, was in second with 15.9 percent.

Pramila Jayapal sweeps to huge lead

9:30 p.m. In the wide-open race for southeast Seattle’s 37th District, Pramila Jayapal, an immigration rights activist, made a strong showing. She collected more than 51 percent of the vote in the district, which includes parts of Renton and Tukwila. Second place appears to be going to fellow Democrat Louis Watanabe, an entrepreneur and college business instructor, who had 17.2 percent of the first-night's returns. The only Republican in the race, Rowland Martin, had 11.5 percent. The open seat, created by state Sen. Adam Kline’s decision to retire, drew six candidates, the largest field in a state legislative race this year. — J.C. 

Roach can't shake her fellow Republican challenger

9:02 p.m. Longtime state Republican Sen. Pam Roach can count on the fight of her political life this fall. She’s running neck-and-neck with fellow Republican, state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist, in the 31st District, which includes Auburn and Enumclaw and stretches east to the Cascades. In early primary returns, the sometimes-combative and always colorful Roach had 40 percent of the vote to Dahlquist’s 39.2 percent. Lynda Messner, running as a nominal Democrat but with a Tea Party-oriented background, has only 20.6 percent. Dahlquist's supporters viewed Messner as an ally of Roach, who was running in order to eliminate Dahlquist in the primary. — J.C. 

Tim Sheldon in the mix 

8:48 p.m. State Sen. Tim Sheldon, a Democrat who has helped Republicans control the state Senate, is in a tight race in the 35th District, on the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas. Democrat Irene Bowling holds an early lead, with 34.8 percent of the vote. Sheldon is just behind with 33.4 percent, but libertarian Republican Travis Couture is nipping at Sheldon's heels, with 31.7 percent. Democrats hope to see Sheldon eliminated by a third place finish, so that Bowling can go head-to-head with Couture in the fall. — J.C. 

First results: Parks in squeaker

8:27 p.m. Supporters of the proposal to create a Seattle Metropolitan Parks District reacted with jubilation and relief to their nearly 5 percentage point lead in the first results. The vote on proposition 1 broke 52.3 percent yes to 47.6 percent no in the only count that King County will release until Wednesday afternoon. Park supporters expressed confidence that their lead will hold up.


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