Joe Kent, the former Green Beret endorsed by Donald Trump, has surged to just 257 votes behind the Republican congresswoman he is trying to oust.
After the first ballots were counted in Tuesday’s primary, Mr. Kent, 42, was trailing the incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler as well as Democratic candidate Marie Perez.
But as the count continued, with more results being published, Mr Kent saw his numbers soar.
On Friday night, as officials announced no more results would be announced until Monday, Mr Kent was just 257 behind Ms Herrera Beutler.
“There will be no counting for the next two days because we believe in weekends here in Washington state (thanks a union!),” tweeted Phil Gardner, Washington’s chief of staff to Lt.
“The next reports will come from Clark, Cowlitz and Thurston on Monday afternoon.”
Ms. Perez, 34, a Democrat, saw her total increase to 57,345, bringing her to 31.2 points, ahead of Ms. Herrera Beutler, 43, at 22.6 and Mr. Kent at 22.5 .
The Associated Press had already called the race for Ms. Perez, but it was unclear who she would face in the November general election.
Washington state is one of the few places that uses an open primary in which the top-scoring candidates — regardless of party — advance to the general election.
More to come…