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Eileen Quiring now holds a narrow lead in county chair race

With an estimated 30,000 ballots still to be counted, Quiring now leads Eric Holt by 254 votes

CLARK COUNTY — On election night, Clark County chair candidate Eric Holt described himself as “hesitantly optimistic.” After the first results came in, he was “cautiously optimistic” when early results showed him with a lead of just over 1,200 votes over Councilor Eileen Quiring.

Clark County chair candidates Eric Holt and Eileen Quiring. Photos by Jacob Granneman and Chris Brown
Clark County chair candidates Eric Holt and Eileen Quiring. Photos by Jacob Granneman and Chris Brown

The next day, before more results came in, Quiring said she was also “cautiously optimistic,” noting that she was letting history be her guide.

That history was outlined on election night by Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey in an interview with CVTV.

“In our county those ballots that we count late do tend to be much more conservative,” said Kimsey. “One of the sayings in the election world is ‘a close race is a close race until we certify,’ and we certify on November 27th.”

The old adage that “democrats and die-hards vote early” appears to be true, as Quiring pulled ahead of Holt on Wednesday night by 254 votes, which is just a 0.16 percent lead. That would be well within the margins that would demand a machine recount.

There are still an estimated 30,000 ballots left to be counted in Clark County, so if the trend continues, there’s a chance Quiring could pull further ahead in the coming days. The next ballot count is expected to be released at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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