Incumbent state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, had a commanding lead Tuesday over Libertarian Michael Scott of Camano Island with 46 percentage points in the race for Legislative District 10.
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Smith had 73 percent of the vote, while Scott had 27 percent.
“We just worked hard,” Smith said of her campaign. “It was a race that led you to do your very best and communicate with voters.”
The 65-year-old Smith has served District 10 since 2008. She went up against Scott in the same race in 2014.
The House seat represents Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County.
In her campaign, Smith has focused on the economy and growth of the private job sector.
She said if re-elected, she also wants to focus on how taxpayer dollars are being spent and on more funding for mental health services.
“My commitment is to bring focus to the government on taxpayer dollars so that they can be deployed most effectively to accomplish essential services,” she said in an earlier interview with the Skagit Valley Herald.
Scott, 53, has no political background and said his motivation in running for office is to bring positive changes to the community, where he said he feels government does not represent the people.
An estimated 15,000 ballots remain to be counted, according to the Skagit County Auditor’s Office. The next count will be released Thursday.