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It's Election Day 2022. Here's when the first results drop in Washington state

Keep up with the key races and measures during Washington state's 2022 general election.
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SEATTLE — An initial round of general election returns was released shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

KING 5 will provide live updates as returns are counted.

These returns are from ballots that were turned in early and tabulated. Counties will release additional results in the days after the election as more ballots are counted. Additional results are typically released daily.

Washington voters have until Nov. 8 to mail in or drop off their ballot. You can find a list of ballot drop boxes here.

The County Canvassing Boards will certify and transmit general election results Nov. 29. The last day for the secretary of state to certify the general election results is Dec. 8.

Here's a look at some of the top races on the ballot in 2022 across western Washington. Complete election results are posted at king5.com/elections.

U.S. Senate

The most high-profile in-state race revolved around the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Patty Murray, who will serve her sixth term after defeating GOP challenger Tiffany Smiley.

Murray had 57% of the vote following an initial ballot count on Nov. 8. Smiley conceded Nov. 9.

Murray said she wants to continue working for Washington families. In her candidate statement, Murray said she will always stand up to those who want to "roll back workers' rights" or ban abortions. She also said she wants to lower families' costs for healthcare and childcare.

Congressional races

Democratic U.S. Rep Kim Schrier won a third term in Washington’s 8th U.S. House district, fending off a challenge from Republicans who targeted the seat as part of their efforts to flip the chamber.

Schrier, a pediatrician, is the only Democrat to have held the seat since the district was created in the early 1980s. She defeated Matt Larkin, a lawyer, abortion rights opponent and former Washington attorney general candidate who painted her as too far left.

In southwest Washington, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is looking to be the first Democrat to represent District 3 in more than a decade. 

Her challenger, Joe Kent, hopes to retain the seat for the Republicans after six-term U.S. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler conceded defeat during the primary election.

Gluesenkamp Perez is leading with 52% of the vote following an round of ballot counts on Nov. 8.

Secretary of state

Incumbent Steve Hobbs will serve the final two years of former Secretary of State Kim Wyman's term after Julie Anderson conceded on Nov. 10.

Hobbs was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to assume the role when  Wyman left office. 

King County prosecutor

Candidates Leesa Manion and Jim Ferrell are vying to replace Dan Satterberg as King County prosecutor. 

Manion leads the race with 56% of the vote after an initial ballot count Nov. 8.

Candidate Leesa Manion spent 27 years as a deputy prosecutor and the last 15 years as the prosecutor's chief of staff. 

Candidate Jim Ferrell, the current Federal Way mayor, was a former senior deputy prosecutor with the office, with a total of 19 years of experience as a prosecutor.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting all felonies in King County and all misdemeanors in unincorporated areas of King County. The office also represents the state and the county in district, superior, appeals, state and federal courts.

Key measures

Ranked voting

Seattle voters are considering two measures that would change primary elections in the city.

Propositions 1A and 1B would let voters either select as many candidates for mayor, city attorney and city council as they like or rank those candidates by preference.

Conservation tax

King County voters will decide on a proposed property tax increase that would restore funding to a conservation program.

If approved by voters, King County Proposition 1 would restore its conservation futures tax in 2023 at a rate of 6.25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an estimated $21.75 more per year.

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