Local primary election results largely were unchanged as more ballots were counted Wednesday.
But the 9th District state representative race saw a bit of a shakeup, with former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim pulling into second place.
The margin is narrow. Lathim, a Republican, had 4,464 votes, or 27 percent, to Democrat Kenneth E. Caylor’s 4,303 votes, or 26 percent.
Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, who was appointed to the position in May, lead both with 7,934 votes, or 48 percent.
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The top two vote-getters advance to the November general election, even if both are Republicans.
The 9th District extends from Othello to the southeastern corner of Washington, and includes west Pasco and rural Franklin County.
The primary results won’t be official until they’re certified on Aug. 18. More ballots are left to be counted.
In the Tri-Cities, the top two candidates Tuesday night in the Kennewick and Pasco city councils, Richland School Board and Kennewick Public Hospital District races all were holding onto their leads.
Another round of results is expected Thursday.