Eighteen more ballots for Jim Walsh from Grays Harbor County, plus 100 more from Lewis County yesterday have the Republican 539 votes ahead of Democrat Teresa Purcell in the race for the 19th Legislative District State Representative Position 1 seat. The night of November 8th saw Walsh losing to Teresa Purcell by 83 votes for JD Rosetti’s State Representative seat. Rosetti, who was appointed, lost in the primaries.

Preliminary numbers from the tight race have wandered into mandatory recount territory, which is when the difference between the two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also  less than 1/2 of 1% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates. Which would be closer to 282 votes difference in this 5-county race.

The newest numbers from Lewis county administrators put their voter turnout over 77%. Grays Harbor, reports 73% voter turnout, they counted again today. Cowlitz county is reporting 75% turnout and will count again next week. Pacific and Wahkiakum counties at 78% and 81% respectively plan their next ballot count when the results are certified on the 29th.

School Drops

The latest update from the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office puts Quinault School District’s Levy Proposal in question. School levies require a simple majority, 50 percent plus 1, to pass. Voter turnout for Grays Harbor County went from 73.13% to 73.17% with the latest update, which could indicate that not many ballots are left to be returned in the mail. The final results will be certified on November 29th.