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Businesswoman Lisa Janicki ponders her early lead on election night in the County Commissioner race. Al Littlefield leads in PUD race. Gun background checks passing. Smaller classrooms too close to call.

In countywide races…

With around 13,000 votes counted, Lisa Janicki is ahead of her opponent Kevin Loy for a seat currently held by by Sharon Dillon, who decided not to seek re-election. Janicki holds a 58.44% lead over Loy’s 41.58%.

In the County Assessor’s race, Republican Dave Thomas is leading Democrat Tom Pasma by a 58.29% to 41.71% margin.

An example of a very close race…Skagit PUD… Al Littlefield, an incumbent, has a very narrow 51.4% lead over challenger Jason Easton, with 48.6% of the votes counted.

Jeanne Youngquist is holding off Cheryl Mitchell for County Auditor, 62.88% to Mitchell’s 37.14%

The race for County Corner is interesting… incumbent Daniel Dampsey, who had decided to retire, is leading Babetta Spinelli by a 56.08% to 43.92% margin. Dempsey entered the race only after seeing Spinelli had entered.

In other contested races…

Incumbent Kristine Lytton is leading challenger Daniel Miller of Friday Harbor by 66.21% to 33.79% of the multi-county vote for State Representative in district 40, Position 1.

Two other legislative districts across the south end of Fidalgo island.

For House District 1, position 1, incumbent Norma Smith has an easy 77.44% to 22.56% win over Michael Scott. But, in District 10, position 2, incumbent Dave Hayes is find tougher competition in Nick Petrish, but is still leading some 59.18% to Petrish’s 40.82%. The number for both of these races include vote counts outside Skagit County.

Congressional races…

Democrat Rick Larsen has a solid 61.82% lead over B.J. Guillot, with 38.18%.

Propositions…

Initiative 1351, a measure to reduce school class size, is too close to call in Skagit County and statewide.

Initiative 591, which would prohibit Washington from imposing gun control measures stricter than federal law, is also too close to call in Skagit County, but going down to defeat statewide with 45.42% yes vote to 54.58% no vote.

Initiative 594, which would impose gun background checks at gun shows and for private sales, has a substantial lead in Skagit County, 57.65% yes to 42.35% no. And, statewide it has a similar result, with 59.77% approving and 40.23% of the voters voting no.

The next vote count isn’t expected until Wednesday afternoon. The county things there are about 10,,, votes yet to be counted. there are 67.205 registered voters in Skagit County.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,077 Skagit Cases (+4)
<50 Cases in ZIP 98221

96 Hospitalizations (+0)
22 Deaths (+0)
35,804 Tests
NA% Positive

82,199 Cases Statewide (+597)
7,248 Hospitalizations (+33)

2,037 Deaths Statewide (+0)

Updated 6:00 pm September 19, 2020.

Our Coronavirus page is updated each morning.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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