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WA Supreme Court: Sanders clings to lead, Wiggins inches closer

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
November 5, 2010 5:41 pm

In the still undecided Supreme Court race, Justice Richard Sanders has held on to his thin lead today, but Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins chipped away at it ever so slightly.

The latest ballot counts as of 5 p.m. have Sanders up by nearly 10,600 votes statewide. He now leads 50.34 percent to Wiggins’ 49.66 percent (The day began with Sanders holding a 50.63 percent to 49.37 percent advantage in the race).

Results updated here don’t include numbers from several counties, including Yakima and Snohomish, among others. When they post, expect Sanders’ lead to widen.

So far, he’s carried Yakima at a nearly 60 to 40 clip; and SnoCo 52 percent to Wiggins’ 48 percent (Also not included here are results from Kitsap, which has favored Wiggins so far, 52 to 48 percent).

Overall, there are still some half-a-million ballots left to be tallied statewide. But Wiggins’ fate appears to lie in King County, where he’s leading Sanders 58 to 42 percent. If the ballots left to be counted there break slightly better his way than they have thus far, Wiggins could surpass Sanders.

Several smaller counties will post more results over the weekend. But King, the state’s most populous county, isn’t expected to post its next batch of results until Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Stay tuned.

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