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UPDATE: Recounts don’t reverse Don Benton, Mark Hargrove wins

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
December 5, 2012 5:10 pm

UPDATE 9 a.m. Wednesday: Senate Republicans says a recount didn’t change the results in a Clark County Senate race and GOP Sen. Don Benton has unofficially won re-election — trimming Democrats’ majority to 26-23 and giving Republicans major leverage.

Preliminary results had Benton beating Rep. Tim Probst by 78 votes. Republicans said and elections officials confirmed (update 1:30 p.m.) Benton is now ahead by 74 votes, with nine ballots due to go before the county canvassing board on Monday for examination.

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A recount didn’t change the results in the 47th District race for state House, King County Elections announced today. The recount by machine added one vote for Rep. Mark Hargrove, keeping him as the unofficial winner over Bud Sizemore.

Hargrove, a Republican, won by 158 votes out of 58,704 cast.

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