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Eric Holt has slim lead over Eileen Quiring in race for county chair

First set of results shows Holt leading by less than one percent

VANCOUVER — The first set of results from the Nov. 6 general election was released Tuesday evening just after 8 p.m. and with about three quarters of the votes counted, Eric Holt held a small lead over Eileen Quiring in the race for county chair.

 

ClarkCountyToday.com covers the Clark County, WA 2018 elections.
Election 2018 coverage from ClarkCountyToday.com

The results released by the Clark County Elections Department were from 147,198 counted ballots. There were about 45,000 ballots expected left to be counted.

 

Holt, a relative political newcomer to Clark County who states a preference for the Democratic Party, had 71,545 votes (50.43 percent). Quiring, a current member of the Clark County Council who prefers the Republican Party, had 70,315 votes (49.57 percent).

In the two races for councilor positions in Clark County, incumbent Jeanne Stewart, who prefers the Republican Party, trailed Temple Lentz, who prefers the Democratic Party, in the District 1 race and incumbent Julie Olson had a large lead over challenger Elisabeth Veneman in the District 2 race. Both Olson and Veneman state a preference for the Republican Party. Lentz led Stewart by 6,562 votes (60.59 percent to 39.41 percent) and Olson led Veneman by just under 19,000 votes (78.26 percent to 21.74 percent).

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler takes questions from reporters Tuesday night at the Clark County Public Service Center. Herrera Beutler leads challenger Carolyn Long by about four percent in the race for U.S. representative in the 3rd District. Photo by Mike Schultz
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler takes questions from reporters Tuesday night at the Clark County Public Service Center. Herrera Beutler leads challenger Carolyn Long by about four percent in the race for U.S. representative in the 3rd District. Photo by Mike Schultz

In the Congressional District 3 race for U.S. representative, Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler held a small lead over Democratic challenger Carolyn Long. Statewide, Herrera Beutler had 115,616 votes (52.25 percent) and Long had 105,654 votes (47.75 percent). In Clark County, however, Long fared better, topping Herrera Beutler 51.79 percent to 48.21 percent).

State Rep. Vicki Kraft visits with attendees who gathered at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver to hear the first results released of the Nov. 6 general election. Kraft has a slim lead over challenger Tanisha Harris (50.65 percent to 49.35 percent) in the race for position 1 in the 17th Legislative District with about 45,000 votes left to be counted. Photo by Mike Schultz
State Rep. Vicki Kraft visits with attendees who gathered at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver to hear the first results released of the Nov. 6 general election. Kraft has a slim lead over challenger Tanisha Harris (50.65 percent to 49.35 percent) in the race for position 1 in the 17th Legislative District with about 45,000 votes left to be counted. Photo by Mike Schultz

 

In the area races for Washington state legislative positions, incumbent Vicki Kraft (prefers Republican Party) held a slim lead over challenger Tanisha Harris (prefers Democratic Party) in the race for position 1 in the 17th District. Kraft had 22,278 votes (50.65 percent) and Harris had 21,703 votes (49.35 percent). For position 2 in the 17th District, incumbent Paul Harris (prefers Republican Party) has a sizable lead over challenger Damion E. Giles, Sr. (prefers Democratic Party). Harris had 57.61 percent of the vote to 42.39 percent for Giles.

State Rep. Brandon Vick (left) takes time to visit with area residents Janet and Don Scott at a gathering at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver Tuesday night. Vick leads Chris Thobaben in the race for position 1 in the 18th Legislative District. Photo by Mike Schultz
State Rep. Brandon Vick (left) takes time to visit with area residents Janet and Don Scott at a gathering at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver Tuesday night. Vick leads Chris Thobaben in the race for position 1 in the 18th Legislative District. Photo by Mike Schultz

In the 18th Legislative District, incumbent Brandon Vick (prefers Republican Party) led challenger Chris Thobaben (prefers Democratic Party) in the race for Position 1. Vick had 54.92 percent and Thobaben had 45.08 percent of the votes. In the race for Position 2, left vacant when Liz Pike elected not to seek re-election, Larry Hoff (prefers Republican Party) leads Kathy Gillespie (prefers Democratic Party). Hoff has 51.85 percent and Gillespie has 48.15 percent of the votes.

Larry Hoff (left) and Paul Harris take a moment Tuesday night to share their reactions to the initial results from the Nov. 6 general election. Hoff leads Kathy Gillespie in the race for position 2 in the 18th Legislative District and Harris leads challenger Damion E. Giles, Sr. in the race for position 2 in the 17th Legislative District. Photo by Mike Schultz
Larry Hoff (left) and Paul Harris take a moment Tuesday night to share their reactions to the initial results from the Nov. 6 general election. Hoff leads Kathy Gillespie in the race for position 2 in the 18th Legislative District and Harris leads challenger Damion E. Giles, Sr. in the race for position 2 in the 17th Legislative District. Photo by Mike Schultz

For results of all the races, go to http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/clark/.

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