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Results from Washington's top races as ballots continue to be counted

Here are the top races we're tracking in the Washington state general election on Nov. 3, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

OLYMPIA, Wash — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared victory for a third term as governor against Republican challenger Loren Culp. Inslee will be the first third-term governor in Washington state since Dan Evans, a Republican who was governor from 1965-1977.

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Denny Heck won the race for lieutenant governor over Sen. Marko Liias. 

Former mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland was voted to represent Washington's 10th District in Congress over fellow Democrat Beth Doglio. 

Voters approved a controversial statewide sex education mandate in schools, known as Referendum 90. 

Complete election results are posted at king5.com/elections


Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee won a third term as Washington's governor with a large portion of the vote in early results. 

Inslee claimed victory over Republican challenger Loren Culp, the former police chief of Republic, Wash. Culp has yet to concede the race, despite Inlsee's 18% lead. 

Governors serve four-year terms.

Lieutenant governor

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Denny Heck won the open seat of lieutenant governor against Senate Floor Majority Leader Marko Liias. 

Heck and Liias are both Democrats. 

Nearly a dozen candidates lined up in the August primary to take Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib's seat after the Democrat announced earlier this year that he would vacate it to join the clergy. 

Attorney general

Incumbent Attorney General Bob Ferguson defeated Republican challenger Matt Larkin, an attorney. 

Ferguson has been attorney general for eight years.

Secretary of state

The race for Secretary of State is too close to call. 

Initial results showed incumbent Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Gael Tarleton were tied. But as more results have come in, Wyman has inched ahead with 52% of the vote to Tarleton's 48%.

Wyman, a former Thurston County auditor, has served as secretary of state since 2013. Tarleton, a Democrat, has served as a state representative and Seattle Port commissioner.

Wyman is one of just two Republicans to hold a statewide office in Washington. Treasurer Duane Davidson, who also faces a Democrat in the general election, holds the other office.

8th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, a Democrat, is leading in early results against Republican challenger Jesse Jensen, who's worked in health care and tech, for Washington's District 8.

Republicans hope to win back the 8th congressional seat after losing it to Schrier in 2018. It was the first time a Democrat had won District 8.

An expansive and diverse district, District 8 covers parts of King, Pierce, Chelan and Kittitas counties. The seat is held for two years. 

10th Congressional District

Former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland won the race over State Rep. Beth Doglio for Washington's District 10.

Strickland most recently worked as the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Doglio serves as state representative of the 22nd Legislative District, which includes Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and North Thurston.

Strickland will represent parts of Pierce, Thurston, and Mason counties for two years.

Pierce County Sheriff

Public Information Officer Ed Troyer has won the race for the position of Pierce County sheriff. He was facing off against Pierce County Sheriff Lieutenant Cyndie Fajardo.

The seat is open after Sheriff Paul Pastor announced his retirement.

Troyer has been with the sheriff's department for 35 years, including 15 years as a detective. Fajardo is a 32-year veteran of the department and served as president of the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Guild from 2006-2015.

Referendum 90 on sex education

Voters have approved Referendum 90 in early results. 

Referendum 90 will require all public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is medically and scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate for all students, according to the Secretary of State's (SOS) Office.