Most of Wash­ing­ton’s thir­ty-nine coun­ties have just fin­ished tab­u­lat­ing a fresh batch of bal­lots, and there is sig­nif­i­cant news to report in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict: Repub­li­can Pedro Celis, who nation­al and state Repub­li­can offi­cials recruit­ed to chal­lenge incum­bent Suzan Del­Bene, has now moved into sec­ond place after hav­ing trailed anoth­er Repub­li­can, Robert Suther­land, for two days.

Celis is get­ting a sig­nif­i­cant boost from King Coun­ty, where he is ahead of fel­low Repub­li­cans Suther­land and John Orlin­s­ki. Suther­land leads Celis in Sno­homish Coun­ty, while Orlin­s­ki leads both in Skag­it Coun­ty. (Read­ers should note that the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict only encom­pass­es por­tions of each county).

As of yes­ter­day, Celis was at 15.49% with 14,992 votes. Today, he improved to 16.37%. His total now stands at 18,814 votes. Suther­land is now at 15.63% with 17,974 votes (eight hun­dred and forty behind Celis).

Incum­bent Suzan Del­Bene remains in first place with more than fifty per­cent of the vote over­all. Per­cent­age-wise, she lost a lit­tle ground in today’s count, but not much… she’s still in great shape for November.

If the trend holds Celis’ cam­paign will be able to con­tin­ue on to the gen­er­al; there was spec­u­la­tion Celis might not sur­vive the win­now­ing elec­tion. He need­ed to at least make up ground today, but he did bet­ter than that… he moved into sec­ond place. There are bal­lots still left to be count­ed, so he can’t cel­e­brate just yet, but his cam­paign undoubt­ed­ly is relieved after hav­ing been behind in the first two counts.

The cam­paign has not updat­ed its web­site, Face­book page, or Twit­ter feed yet, but if we get a state­ment from them we’ll update this post.

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Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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2 replies on “Pedro Celis overtakes Robert Sutherland for second place in 1st Congressional District”

  1. Please don’t let Boehn­er’s pub­lic­i­ty stunt law suit go unchal­lenged. Please, NPI, SUE CONGRESS. Sue them for dere­lic­tion of duty, lack of gov­er­nance and accept­ing a full salary while accom­plish­ing vir­tu­al­ly nothing.

    Yes, such a suit is unlike­ly to go very far BUT it will mock Boehn­er in a way noth­ing else would.

  2. Celis squeaks on through. Not an impres­sive per­for­mance. This is the best guy the Repub­li­cans could find? 

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