Paul’s lead for state House seat shrinks
MOUNT VERNON — Dave Paul’s lead in his bid to unseat Dave Hayes for a state House seat representing the 10th Legislative District shrunk Tuesday.
Paul, a Democrat who led the race by 695 votes on Friday afternoon, found himself ahead of Hayes, a Republican, by 341 votes when totals were updated at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday.
His race is the closest of any that were on the Skagit County ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.
The Skagit County Elections Department counted 3,061 ballots Tuesday, and has now counted 35,620 of an estimated 55,620.
Election results will be certified by the county Nov. 27 and by the state Dec. 6.
Skagit County will release its next count Wednesday.
Paul, a first-time candidate from Oak Harbor, led Hayes by 232 votes on election night.
The 10th Legislative District includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County.
The leaders remained the same in all the races on the Skagit County ballot.
In county races, Sandy Perkins leads Mike Urban by 4,258 votes for county auditor, Jackie Brunson is 4,687 votes ahead of Bradley Whaley for county treasurer, Laura Riquelme leads Rosemary Kaholokula by 2,102 votes for Superior Court judge, and Joe Lindquist leads Robbie Robertson by 9,819 votes for Skagit Public Utility District commissioner.
Little has changed in regard to the three local measures on the county ballot.
The county charter measure is failing by 10,004 votes, the sales tax increase to fund the Anacortes Transportation Benefit District is passing by 1,297, and the Sedro-Woolley school bond has 3,295 yes votes and 3,527 no votes.
The bond requires 60 percent approval to pass.