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By Ken Stern 

UPDATE – Shavers' lead over Gilday shrinks

Anderson wins Skagit County over Hobbs

 

November 20, 2022



State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) gained 63 votes out of 1,063 counted by Skagit County elections office staff after Friday’s vote count for state legislative district 10 State Representative Position 1. There may not be enough uncounted ballots in Skagit and Snohomish counties to put Gilday ahead. He is 1,345 votes behind Shavers in Skagit County with 1,500 votes to count. Districtwide Shavers leads by 158 votes out of 74,084 cast. A mandatory recount is almost certain, based on state law.

Skagit County will report the count of most remaining ballots late Monday afternoon. Snohomish County will also tally most of its 500 uncounted votes Monday.

The 10th legislative district covers Island County, the southwestern portion of Skagit County and the northeast corner of Snohomish County. Island County finished counting votes Nov. 15.

Winning candidates in all other Skagit County and statewide elections have long been decided since the Nov. 8 election.

While Steve Hobbs has been elected Secretary of State with 49.9% of the statewide vote, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson will win Skagit County, perhaps by 2,000 votes. She is up by three percentage points, with 47.9% of votes counted. The Republican write-in has 7.2% of the vote, leaving Hobbs with 44.9%.

Skagit County election staff estimate some 57,200 residents will vote, 67% of the county’s registered voters. Statewide the turnout will be about 63%. Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties had turnouts above 70%.

Skagit County will certify its vote Tuesday, Nov. 29 and the Secretary of State’s office by Dec. 8.

 

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