SOUTH BEND — As of the last ballot count on Wednesday afternoon, slightly more than 60 percent of registered voters in Pacific County participated in the Nov. 6 General Election. Auditor’s Office staff counted an additional 1,383 ballots that were not included in the Tuesday night count.
Combined with results from other counties in the 3rd Congressional District, Wednesday’s votes were more than enough to assure U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R, another two-year-term in office. Her Democratic challenger Carolyn Long conceded the race. The district-wide vote total was 52.59% for Herrera and 47.41% for Long — a difference of about 133,000 votes to 120,000. Herrera won in six of the seven counties that are either totally or partially in the 3rd district. In Pacific County, Herrera’s margin of victory was about 1 percent. Long won in Clark County, where she is a professor at WSU-Vancouver.
The gap between one-term incumbent state Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen and his Democratic challenger, Erin Frasier, narrowed significantly, with Walsh’s lead shrinking from more than 500 votes to 298 votes. Frasier won in Pacific County, 53% to 47%.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D, coasted to an easy re-election win versus GOP challenger Susan Hutchison, mostly based on strong support in the Puget Sound region. Outside that area, Cantwell carried three counties: Pacific, Clark and Whitman. Her overall margin was 58.6% to 41.4%. In Pacific County, Cantwell’s margin was a tighter 50.6% to 49.4%.
Wednesday’s second count didn’t affect the outcome for any Pacific County races.
In Pacific County:
• Sheriff: Robin Souvenir 53.75%, Scott Johnson (incumbent) 46.27% (4,582 votes to 3,941)
• Prosecutor: Mark McClain (incumbent) 59.54%, Pamela Nogueira Maneman 40.46% (4,855 votes to 3,299)
• County commissioner: Michael Runyon 57.14%, Todd Stephens 42.86% (4,241 votes to 3,181)
• PUD commissioner: Debbie Oakes 56.98%, Don Pape 43.02% (4,418 votes to 3,336)
In the 19th Legislative District:
• Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, (incumbent) 50.25%, Erin Frasier, D, 49.75% (22,513 votes to 22,291)
• Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, (incumbent) 54.51%, Joel McEntire, R, 45.49% (24,276 votes to 20,259)
To date, 8,845 ballots have been counted, up from 8,357 in the previous 2014 mid-term, non-presidential-year election.
A small number of ballots that were mailed late in the election cycle have not been counted yet, but those ballots rarely have any significant impact on election results. The next count is at 4 p.m. Friday.