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Lisa Brown takes lead in late vote counts here


November 15, 2018

Spokane Democrat Lisa Brown, who gained ground on Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers in successive Whitman County ballot counts, broke out into a lead Tuesday night with the ballot count now at 16,079.

Brown, who has already conceded the win to McMorris Rodgers after a defeat overall in the Fifth Congressional District, now has a 320-vote lead over the incumbent in Whitman County for a total of just more than 51 percent.

The count Tuesday now has Brown with 8,077 votes in the county, and McMorris Rodgers has 7,757.

Brown trailed by 148 votes after a count of 3,222 more ballots Friday.

She trailed by 416 votes after the elections night count and then by 215 after the second count.

The Whitman County ballot count was at 16,079 with an estimated 1,000 ballots still to be counted as of Tuesday night.

Another big gain Tuesday was marked by Matthew Sutherland of Pullman in his challenge against Republican state Representative Joe Schmick. Sutherland is now within 196 votes of Schmick in Whitman County. Schmick now has 7,900, and Sutherland has 7,704.

Schmick had a share of more than 55 percent in the election night count, and he has a 61 percent total in Legislative District Nine.

First ballots counted in the county are those returned early after the ballot mail goes out. Later counts involve ballots which arrived at the elections office late in the cycle.

In another close race in the county, Chris Nelson of Endicott extended her lead over incumbent Mark Clinton in the race for county treasurer. Nelson now has 52.5 percent of the vote with 6,316, and Clinton has 47.49 percent with 5,712.

John Hart has maintained a wide lead over Rob Rembert in the race for the open district court seat. Hart now has 64.77 percent of the vote at 9,016, and Rembert has 35.23 percent with 4,903. Both reside in Pullman.

Brown topped McMorris Rodgers in the primary vote here. That race included other Republicans who consumed parts of the GOP vote.

Certification date for the election is Nov. 27.


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