See? I told you this was going to be fun!
The Grays Harbor County Commissioner race keeps getting “funner and funner,” as my old grandad used to say. Just in case you’ve been under a rock or something, yesterday afternoon’s updated tabulation shows Keith Olson (R) squeaking past Al “That’s a woman for ya” Smith (D), by a slender margin of four votes. Think capellini. Long shot Jim Heikel has formally conceded.
Vickie Raines (NP) picked up 355 votes between the initial August 5 tabulation and the last count on August 7. Olson picked up 320 votes and Smith gained 258 within the same time frame. As of yesterday’s count, Raines has 33.21% of the vote. Olson and Smith have 25.97% and 26.04%, respectively.
Commissioner District 3 Commissioner #3
(Prefers Independent Party)
(Prefers Democrat Party)
Vickie L. Raines
(States No Party Preference)
(Prefers Republican Party)
|Total Votes (not including write-ins)||5,538|
If we did the math right, Vickie Raines has widened the gap between her nearest competitor(s) since Tuesday. She led Al Smith by 304 votes on Tuesday and Keith Olson by 362. As of yesterday, Raines leads Smith by 401 votes and Olson by 397.
In the 24th legislative district, incumbent Steve Tharinger (D) increased his lead over challenger Thomas Greisamer (R) from 55.53% to 36.46% on Tuesday to 57.57% and 34.81% on Thursday.
According to the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office, the next ballot count is set for August 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, it ain’t over till the fat lady finishes the marina. Or something like that.