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Skagit County down to 1,100 ballots left to count

November 17, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Elections Department has about 1,100 ballots left to count before it can certify the Nov. 6 general election results.

The department counted about 4,900 ballots Friday, giving it 53,958 counted since election night.

The races remain unchanged since the first totals were released on election night.

The closest race continues to be for a state House seat in the 10th Legislative District.

Through 3 p.m. Friday, Democrat Dave Paul leads Republican Dave Hayes by 544 votes for Hayes’ House seat.

The 10th Legislative District includes Island County, southwest Skagit County and northwest Snohomish County.

In county races, Sandy Perkins leads Mike Urban by 5,508 votes for county auditor, Jackie Brunson is 6,687 votes ahead of Bradley Whaley for county treasurer, Laura Riquelme leads Rosemary Kaholokula by 3,706 votes for Superior Court judge, and Joe Lindquist leads Robbie Robertson by 14,892 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 16,539 votes, the sales tax increase to fund the Anacortes Transportation Benefit District is passing by 1,670, and the Sedro-Woolley school bond has 5,542 no votes and 5,477 yes votes.

The bond, which has been approved by 49.7 percent of voters in the school district, requires 60 percent approval to pass.

In other state Legislature races, leaders in contested races are Norma Smith (10th District, House), Keith Wagoner (39th District, Senate), Robert J. Sutherland (39th District, House), Carolyn Eslick (39th District, House) and Debra Lekanoff (40th District, House).

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez continues to lead Tom SeGuine for a judge seat on the state Court of Appeals, while national legislative leaders remain the three incumbents — Maria Cantwell (Senate), Suzan DelBene (House, District 1) and Rick Larsen (House, District 2).

The Elections Department will release updated totals Monday and plans to certify the results Nov. 27.

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