Jefferson County: Outcomes remain the same after second count of primary ballots

County sees nearly 44 percent turnout

Outcomes remained the same as on Tuesday night although the numbers changed after a second count of primary election ballots on Thursday.

The state’s top-two primary election culls the candidates down to two for the Nov. 8 general election. The two who received the most votes will go on to the general election no matter what their party affiliation.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had said on its website that it would perform a second count on Wednesday but did not because of the numbers of ballots received, said Election Coordinator Quinn Grewell.

“Due to the large volume of ballots we had to process yesterday from election night (around 4,000 ballots) we were unable to break away to tabulate,” Grewell said Thursday in an email responding to a query from Peninsula Daily News.

“On our elections calendar we put a disclaimer that date/time may change depending on volume,” she said.

By Thursday, the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office had counted 12,056 ballots out of the 27,410 given to registered voters, for a voter turnout of 43.98 percent. The next count of ballots will be today.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had counted 26,100 ballots out of the 57,258 given to registered voters, for a voter turnout of 45.58 percent. Some 2,700 were left to count. The next count of ballots will be today.

Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton, a Democrat, will face challenger Marcia Kelbon, a Republican, in November.

Brotherton has received 1,981 votes, or 56.21 percent. Kelbon, a chemical engineer and lawyer who retired from the biopharmaceutical company Omeros Medical Systems, had 1,111 votes, or 31.53 percent.

Jon Cooke, former chair of the county Republican Party and now a state committeeman, received 429 votes, or 12.17 percent.

All three are from Quilcene.

In the state Legislative District 24 contest for Position 1, the general election lineup is narrowed to Rep. Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, and Sue Forde of Sequim, chair of the county Republican party, with Matthew Rainwater of Port Angeles in third place.

Legislative District 24 covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

Overall numbers were 27,598 votes, or 57.87 percent, for Chapman; 13,614 votes, or 28.55 percent, for Forde; and 6,445 votes, or 13.51 percent, for Rainwater.

In Jefferson County, numbers were 8,631 or 72.75 percent, for Chapman; 2,403 votes, or 20.25 percent, for Forde; and 822 votes, or 6.93 percent, for Rainwater. There were eight write-in votes.

In Clallam County, numbers were 14,122 votes, or 54.52 percent, for Chapman; 8,496 votes, or 32.8 percent, for Forde, and 3,268 votes, or 12.62 percent for Rainwater.

In Grays Harbor County, Chapman won 4,845 votes, or 48.83 percent, Forde won 2,715 votes, or 27.26 percent, and Rainwater won 2,355 votes, or 23.73 percent.

In the state Legislative District 24 contest for Position 2, the general election lineup is narrowed to Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend, a Democrat, and Republican Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg, with Democrat Darren Corcoran of Elma in third place.

Overall numbers were 24,614 votes, or 51.87 percent, for Tharinger; 19,621 votes, or 41.35 percent, for Pruiett; and 3,161 votes, or 6.66 percent, for Corcoran.

In Jefferson County, the numbers were 7,225 votes, or 68.46 percent, for Tharinger; 2,739 votes, or 25.95 percent, for Pruiett, and 579 votes, or 5.49 percent, for Corcoran.

In Clallam County, the numbers were 12,918 votes, or 50.14 percent, for Tharinger; 11,497 votes, or 44.62 percent, for Pruiett and 1,311 votes, or 5 percent, for Corcoran.

In Grays Harbor County, Pruiett was the top vote-getter with 5,054 votes, or 50.3 percent. Tharinger won 3,799 votes, or 37.81 percent. Corcoran won 1,184 votes, or 11.78 percent.

The lineup in the 6th Congressional District race in November will be U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat, and Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, a Gig Harbor Republican.

In the statewide race for a six-year term for U.S. Senator, Democrat Patty Murray, who’s held the seat since 1993, will be challenged by Republican Tiffany Smiley.

For the two-year term for Washington Secretary of State, appointee Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, will face Republican Bob Hagglund.

Sheriff Joe Nole will face challenger Art Frank in November.

The two, both Democrats, were on the primary ballot.

Nole has received 7,747 votes, or 72.02 percent, and Frank 2,935 votes, or 27.28 percent.

Several seats were uncontested.

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