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Decision 2006-Washington Primary

Chambers wins re-election; two other justices fighting for their future

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers has been re-elected in today's primary, while two other justices fighting to keep their seats on the high court hold narrow leads.

With about 43 percent of the expected vote reported, Chambers has 58 percent, compared with 42 percent for Jeanette Burrage, a conservative former lawmaker and judge. Chief Justice Gerry (Gary) Alexander is leading attorney John Groen 53 percent to 47 percent, and Justice Susan Owens leads Republican state Senator Stephen Johnson 45 percent to 33 percent, with three other candidates trailing in that race.

Any candidate getting more than 50 percent of today's votes advances unopposed to the November general election ballot. If no one wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will advance to the November ballot.

The high court campaigns were unusually intense. The three incumbents and three of their six opponents have raised nearly one-and-a-half (m) million dollars, and numerous political action committees have spent nearly two (m) million on TV and radio ads, mailings and automated phone calls to influence voters.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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