Additional ballot counting over the past week caused no real changes, as an incumbent senator declared victory and a challenger for county commissioner widened his lead.
As of Nov. 4, Dino Rossi – Republican challenger to 18-year Sen. Patty Murray – conceded the election as Murray’s lead widened statewide. Closer to home, Spokane County voters preferred Rossi by nearly 56 percent, however.
County elections officials have counted 261,250 ballots as of Monday.
In other races, Republican challenger Al French – an architect and former Spokane City Council member – looked poised to unseat one-term Democrat Bonnie Mager from the 3rd District county commissioner post. French widened his lead to 2,650 votes earlier this week, claiming nearly 51 percent of the vote.
Liberty Lake resident and Republican Party leader Rob Chase also increased his tally to about 3,000 votes over incumbent D.E. “Skip” Chilberg, county treasurer and Democrat. Chilberg conceded to Chase on Tuesday.
Steve Tucker, incumbent Republican county prosecutor, will definitely continue in his job after surviving a challenge from Frank Malone, who received 46 percent of the vote.
Challenger Vicki Horton has upended Ralph Baker, a fellow Republican, for county assessor. Horton’s vote percentage has hovered at around 56 percent in all vote counts. Vicky Dalton will go on serving as county auditor after being challenged by Leonard Christian.
The general election is not certified until Nov. 23.