40th Legislative District Democrats have comfortable leads to retain their seats after an initial vote count tonight.

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, received 49,613 votes, or about 74% of votes cast in the race, compared to the 17,208 votes, or about 26% of votes, received by Republican challenger Charles Carrell.

State Rep. Alex Ramel, D-Bellingham, got 48,310 votes, or about 73% of the votes. Republican challenger Russ Dzialo received 17,733 votes or about 27% of the votes.

The votes are from residents of San Juan County and parts of Skagit and Whatcom counties.

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