UPDATE: Ross, Johnson hold on to seats in 14th District

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: November 6, 2012, 11:51 PM

 

Initial districtwide results indicate Republican representatives Norm Johnson and Charles Ross will keep their seats in the state House of Representatives. The two represent the 14th Legislative District, which covers Skamania and Klickitat and parts of Clark and Yakima counties.

Johnson leads with 64.2 percent of the vote for Position 1 over Democratic challenger Paul Spencer of Stevenson. Spencer unsuccessfully ran against Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, in 2010.

Ross has 66.2 percent of the vote for Position 2 against Democratic newcomer Mathew Tomaskin, a former Yakima Nation Tribal Council member.

"I'm very happy with the results," Ross said. "It's nice to see a strong re-election number."

Both Ross and Johnson were clear winners in the August primary election.

More than 33,500 votes have been cast so far for the 14th District races, most coming from Yakima County.