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

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

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WA Supreme Court: Sanders leading Wiggins in tight race

Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders is beating Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins in the race for the Supreme Court’s Position 6 seat.

Here’s the latest report from the AP’s Gene Johnson:

State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders found himself with a slim lead over challenger Charlie Wiggins on Tuesday night in a bid for a fourth term, even as some voters expressed concern over controversial remarks Sanders made about why blacks are more likely to be convicted of crimes than whites.

Sanders had a lead of 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent with about half the vote counted.

The libertarian Sanders has come under fire recently for insisting at a court meeting that racial bias plays no significant role in the criminal justice system. He said certain minority groups are “disproportionally represented in prison because they have a crime problem.”

“I’ve been under brutal personal attacks,” Sanders said Tuesday. “There’s been an effort to demean me, to misrepresent my views. This is not the kind of campaign I wanted to run.”

Wiggins, a Bainbridge Island attorney who briefly served as a state appeals court judge, was leading in King County, the state’s most populous, while Sanders had big leads in Eastern Washington and more narrow leads in Snohomish and Pierce counties.

Sanders’ remarks caused The Seattle Times’ editorial board to recant its endorsement of him and instead come out in favor of Wiggins. Blacks make up 4 percent of the state’s population and nearly 20 percent of its prisoners, and studies around the country have linked such disproportionate numbers to drug enforcement policies, poverty and racial biases throughout society.
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Supreme Court candidates Sanders and Wiggins on KBTC

KBTC, the public television station based in Tacoma, will host a pair of interviews with the two candidates for Supreme Court positiion 6 next week on Northwest Now.

The weekly public affairs program, Northwest Now will broadcast interviews with incumbent Justice Richard Sanders and challenger Charlie Wiggins focusing on judicial philosophy, ethics, public service and safety, as well as their records as judges. The program will be broadcast Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m.