Republican Jim Walsh has pulled ahead of Democrat Teresa Purcell in the race for the 19th Legislative District State Representative Position 1 seat. 100 more votes for Walsh in the latest batch of ballots counted from Lewis County have put Walsh well ahead of Purcell.

Ballots counted in Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Cowlitz counties earlier this week pushed Walsh to 521 votes over Purcell after November 8th saw Walsh losing to Teresa Purcell by only 83 votes for JD Rosetti’s State Representative seat, appointed Rosetti 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, with 73% turnout so far will count 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.