Dems still look­ing at gains in Wash­ing­ton Leg­is­la­ture

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Democrats will pick up seats in the Wash­ing­ton state Leg­is­la­ture af­ter Tues­day’s elec­tion but the ex­act num­ber re­mains un­clear with a hand­ful of races still too close to call.

In the Se­nate, party of­fi­cials were watch­ing sev­eral races Fri­day, in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing Joe Fain of Auburn, a mem­ber of Se­nate Repub­li­can Lead­er­ship run­ning for re-elec­tion un­der the cloud of a rape al­le­ga­tion.

Demo­cratic chal­lenger Mona Das ex­tended her lead over Fain on Fri­day to 548 votes.

In the House, party of­fi­cials were pay­ing close at­ten­tion to seven races where Democrats were lead­ing in re­cent re­turns.

While Democrats hold most statewide of­fices in Wash­ing­ton, the po­lit­i­cal split in the Leg­is­la­ture has been much nar­rower.

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