The latest revision of statewide ballot counts in the race for Washington State Legislative District 19, Position 1, has Teresa Purcell leading incumbent Rep. JD Rossetti by a mere 47 votes.
Purcell received 6,408 votes (24.2 percent of the total) and Rossetti obtained 6,361 votes (24 percent) as of Tuesday.
Results for this race likely will be recounted next week, after the election is certified statewide on Friday.
The Secretary of State’s office expects it to be a hand inspection of undervote ballots to determine whether there was intent to choose a candidate in that race.
“This race is very close,” said David Ammons, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office. “It’s to make double-sure no vote was intended.”
That hand inspection will be followed by a machine recount, he said.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, a machine recount is required when “the difference between the top two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast for both candidates.”
A manual recount is automatic when the difference is just 150 votes and less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the total votes cast for the two candidates.
The recount won’t commence until the Secretary of State’s office officially notifies each of the counties located within the 19th Legislative District, said Lorie Ochmann, elections administrator of Grays Harbor County.
The district includes portions of Grays Harbor, Lewis and Cowlitz as well as Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.
One of the two Democrats will run against Republican Jim Walsh of Aberdeen, who leads with 7,674 votes (29 percent).