A weeklong hand recount of ballots has confirmed it. Hans Zeiger has unseated state Rep. Dawn Morrell.
The Republican won by just 30 votes.
With other recounts reportedly confirming today the losses by Sen. Randy Gordon and House budget chairwoman Kelli Linville, Democrats’ majorities have been trimmed to 27-22 in the Senate and 56-42 in the House.
Pierce County’s three-member Canvassing Board certified the 25th Legislative District results this afternoon. The recount narrowed Zeiger’s lead slightly, from 47 in the first count.
“It really helps you to appreciate the value of one vote,” Zeiger said.
The recount by county Auditor Julie Anderson‘s office ended up tallying just four more ballots than the agency’s first count.
Zeiger lives in Edgewood and works part-time as a senior fellow at a Washington, D.C.-area think tank called the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative counterpoint to the American Civil Liberties Union. He ended the four-term legislative career of Morrell, a nurse who had risen to become the majority caucus chairwoman for House Democrats.