Republican Pedro Celis will move on to the November general election after edging out fellow Republican challenger Robert Sutherland by just shy of 1,000 votes in the August primary race for Washington's 1st Congressional District.
Political newcomer Celis will take on Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene, who is fresh off her first term in office.
Early primary results had put Sutherland in the lead, but as of Tuesday, Aug. 19, the deadline for counties to certify their results, Celis had 16.45 percent of the 118,004 votes cast (not including write-ins) to Sutherland's 15.61 percent.
DelBene was sitting at close to 51 percent of the tally, which will be certified by the Secretary of State by Friday, Aug. 22.
Celis also beat two other Republicans and two other challengers in the seven-person race.
The 1st District encompasses most of Whatcom County except for Bellingham, Sudden Valley and areas to the southwest. It also includes most of eastern Skagit and Snohomish counties and part of King County.
Statewide election results can be found at results.vote.wa.gov.
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