Merritt takes lead in Tacoma mayoral primary election; Woodards holding 2nd place

TACOMA -- Architect and urban designer Jim Merritt and  former Tacoma City Council member Victoria Woodards were leading in the primary election for Tacoma mayor Tuesday night.

Merritt had 41.48% of the vote, while Woodards had 35.69%.  The third candidate,  Evelyn Lopez, had 22.54%.

The top two finishers in the primary will face off in the November general election.

These are just the initial vote counts. Ballots with a postmark of up to Aug. 1 will continued to be counted.

More results are expected to be released Wednesday.

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