It seems likely that Republican Denise McCluskey will appear on the November ballot opposite incumbent state Rep. Tami Green in the 28th District. But it may be many days before we know for sure.
Green, a Democrat, was the only candidate for Position 2 to appear on the primary election ballot. But earlier this month McCluskey, a human resources manager who lives in University Place, filed as a write-in candidate for the primary. To advance to the general election ballot, she needs at least 1 percent of primary votes.
Results released late Wednesday show 996 write-in votes in that race – nearly 8 percent of the votes cast. By comparison, there were just 40 write-in votes (a quarter of one percent of the total) cast in the other 28th District House race, which pits incumbent Rep. Troy Kelley against Republican Dave Dooley.
The auditor’s office hasn’t counted the write-in votes yet. Auditor Pat McCarthy said the office won’t count write-ins until close to the time the primary election is certified. That’s 15 days after the election.
Until the votes are counted, we won’t know for sure whether McCluskey received the 1 percent of the votes she needs.
"It could be a whole bunch of different people (receiving write-in votes)," McCarthy said. But she noted that’s a big showing for write-ins in one race.