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Primary Election Results

OLYMPIA, Wash. - As expected, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi were leading in early primary returns. In unofficial early returns, Murray was in the lead with about 44 percent of the vote. Rossi was in the second spot with about 37 percent.

Washington's unusual "top two" primary lists all candidates on the same nonpartisan ballot and sends the two highest vote-getters to the fall ballot. Murray is considered vulnerable in her bid for a fourth term. She welcomed a primary-day visit from President Barack Obama to boost her momentum and campaign checkbook.

Rossi is a former state lawmaker who lost two close bids for governor.

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