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August 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM

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John Koster pulls ahead of Rep. Rick Larsen in 2nd Congressional District race

Posted by Lynn Thompson

Snohomish County Councilman John Koster has pulled ahead of incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen as primary ballots continue to be counted in the race for the 2nd Congressional District.

Larsen led after the Aug. 17 primary, 43 to 41 percent, but the two are now in a virtual dead heat, with just 161 votes separating them and about 1,000 ballots remaining to be counted in the five-county district.

Koster, a Republican from Arlington, currently leads with 73,469 votes while Larsen, a Democrat from Lake Stevens, has 73,308.

Both move on to the general election in November.

The Koster campaign considered the showing a big victory, given Larsen's five terms in office and widespread name recognition, said Larry Stickney, Koster's campaign manager. He also noted that Koster won in Snohomish County, where he is best known, by a 45 to 40 percent margin.

Two other Democrats in the race picked up about 18,000 votes. Another Republican received 9,464.

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