Muzzall-Price Johnson

Ron Muzzall (left) and Helen Price Johnson

Democratic challenger Helen Price Johnson is leading the race for the 10th Legislative District state Senate seat against Republican incumbent Ron Muzzall.

Price Johnson had 38,134 votes (51%) in the iniatial count compared to Muzzall's 36,815 votes (49%).

The district includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County.

"I am excited," Price Johnson said. "Obviously, there are still votes to count and it is very, very close. I am not celebrating quite yet, but I am enjoying the moment for sure.

"We will be watching the numbers come in for the next couple of days and keeping our fingers crossed that we did what we needed to do to run through the tape."

In Island County, where both and Muzzall live, Price Johnson had 25,006 votes to Muzzall's 22,270.

"I am grateful to be in the lead," Price Johnson said. "We knew this was going to be tight."

Muzzall was appointed to the position in 2019 following the retirement of Barbara Bailey, a Republican from Oak Harbor. Bailey retired with a year left in her term.

— Reporter Vince Richardson: 360-416-2181,, Twitter:@goskagit,

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