Clallam County stays with Obama as 2,508 more election ballots counted

By Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — President Barack Obama can continue to count Clallam County in his tally of election success stories.

Obama was leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 110 votes — 18,383 to 18,273 — after the Clallam County Auditor's Office tabulated 2,508 late-arriving election ballots Tuesday afternoon.

Romney was ahead in Clallam County by 47 votes on election night.

Obama took a 144-vote lead in Clallam in the second round of vote-counting conducted Friday.

Jefferson County has been solidly in the Obama column since the first round of counting on election night.

As expected, the latest batch of ballots brought no changes to winners and losers of the Clallam election.

Incumbent Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman and Superior Court Judge-elect Erik Rohrer maintained 62.4 and 55.7 percent leads on their respective opponents.

State Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor and a Port Angeles native, was ahead 178,701 votes to 124,378 votes for Republican businessman Bill Driscoll of Tacoma in the 6th Congressional District which encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, most of the Kitsap Peninsula and most of the city of Tacoma.

Kilmer had 53.2 percent support in Clallam as of Tuesday.

He and Driscoll, who conceded election night, were vying for the seat held by 18-term Congressman Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, who is retiring.

Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said the newly tabulated ballots were received Thursday and Friday.

The Auditor's Office received an additional 198 ballots Tuesday. Those will be processed at 4:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), Rosand said.

The county-wide voter turnout as of Tuesday was 38,345 — or 81.31 percent — of the 47,157 registered voters who were mailed a ballot.

For a complete list of the the latest elections results, click on the Clallam County website at www.clallam.net.

Last modified: November 13. 2012 8:04PM
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