Joe Kent, the former green beret backed by Donald Trump, has risen to just 257 votes behind the Republican congresswoman he is trying to oust.
After the first votes were tallied in Tuesday’s primaries, Mr. Kent, 42, trailed incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, as well as Democratic candidate Marie Perez.
But as the count continued and more results were released, Mr. Kent saw his numbers rise.
On Friday night, as officials announced no more results would be released until Monday, Mr. Kent was only 257 behind Ms. Herrera Beutler.
“There will be no counting for the next two days because we believe in weekends here in Washington state (thanks a union!),” tweeted Phil Gardner, the chief of staff to the lieutenant governor of Washington.
“The next reports come Monday night from Clark, Cowlitz and Thurston.”
Ms. Perez, 34, the Democrat, saw her aggregate rise to 57,345, putting her at 31.2 points, ahead of Ms. Herrera Beutler, 43, at 22.6 and Mr. Kent at 22.5.
The The US Express News had already announced the race for Ms. Perez, but it was unclear who she would face in the November general election.
Washington state is one of the few places to use open top-two primaries in which the top-scoring candidates — regardless of party — advance to the general election.
Ms. Herrera Beutler was first elected to Washington’s Third Congressional District in 2010 and was reelected five times.
But she was one of only 10 Republicans in the House to vote to impeach Trump after the January 6 riots and set up a committee to investigate what happened.
Mr Trump denounced the ten as traitors and vowed to expel them all. Another of the ten, Dan Newhouse, of Washington’s fourth congressional district, appeared to have held off a challenge from Loren Culp, a former police chief who had the ex-president’s backing in that contest.
More to come…