Tuesday primary includes races with federal, statewide and legislative implications

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s voters have a lengthy ballot to consider ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, where they’ll narrow down their choices for offices ranging from U.S. Senate to the governor’s office and dozens of legislative races.

More than four million of the state’s registered voters started receiving their ballots in the mail weeks ago for the top two primary, in which the top two vote getters advance to the November ballot, regardless of party.

Voters will decide between 11 candidates for governor, though Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant are expected to easily advance to November. The open seat for lieutenant governor has also drawn 11 candidates, including three Democratic state senators. Other open statewide races include: auditor, lands commissioner, treasurer and superintendent of public instruction.

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