Purcell will run against Walsh for 19th Dist. seat in November

Democrat Purcell retained a razor-thin lead over incumbent Rep. JD Rossetti

Democrat Teresa Purcell retained her razor-thin lead over incumbent Rep. JD Rossetti after a recount of votes cast during the Aug. 2 Primary election determined she earned 6,411 votes (24.2 percent) while Rossetti received 6,362 votes (24 percent) for a seat on the Washington State Legislature, representing District 19, Position 1.

The only change was in Wahkiakum County, where the recount determined Rossetti obtained an additional vote. The recount narrowed the margin between the two candidates from 50 votes to 49 votes, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.

Purcell will run against Republican Jim Walsh of Aberdeen in the General Election on Nov. 8.

Rossetti, also a Democrat, was appointed to office this past October to replace Dean Takko, who was name last fall to serve as the 19th District’s state senator.

The 19th District also includes all or part of four other counties: Grays Harbor, Cowlitz, Pacific and Lewis.

A recount was automatic because the gap between Purcell and Rossetti was less than one-half of one percent.