West Richland City Councilman Tony Benegas pulled closer to Richland Councilman Phillip Lemley for second place in the District 8 state senate race after more votes were counted Wednesday.
Lemley had 4,752 votes, 21 percent, while Benegas had 4,476 votes, 20 percent.
The second-place finisher will face incumbent Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, in the November general election. Brown remained well ahead with 13,107 votes, 58 percent.
Updated vote counts in Benton and Franklin counties did not change the leads in any other races, including the proposed sales tax measure to build a regional aquatics center. The measure is failing.