Update: Benton declares victory; Stonier in lead

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Benton vs Probst -- 17th District Senate Race

KEY: Dark blue = Democrat Tim Probst led by at least 10 percentage points; Light blue = a majority voted for Probst; Light red = a majority voted for Republican Don Benton; Dark red = Benton led by at least 10 percentage points. (Benton won by just 76 votes.)

Stonier vs Olson -- 17th District House race

KEY: Dark blue = Democrat Monica Stonier led by at least 10 percentage points; Light blue = a majority voted for Stonier; Light red = a majority voted for Republican Julie Olson; Dark red = Olson led by at least 10 percentage points. (Stonier won by just 140 votes.)

Vick vs Cortes -- 18th District House race

KEY: Dark purple = A large majority voted for Republican Brandon Vick; Light purple = a smaller majority voted for Vick. (Vick's opponent, Republican Adrian Cortes, didn't win a majority in any precinct.)

Stonier-Benton overlap

KEY: Purple indicates precincts where the majority of voters cast ballots for both Stonier and Benton.

Benton vs Probst under votes

KEY: The darker the shade of purple, the more ballots were left blank in this race.

Stonier vs Olson under votes

KEY: The darker the shade of purple, the more ballots were left blank in this race.

Vick vs Cortes undervotes

KEY: The darker the shade of purple, the more ballots were left blank in this race.

Despite the likely need for a recount, state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, released a statement Monday night saying, “I am deeply honored to serve my constituents for another term.”

After the latest count Monday, Benton leads his challenger, state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, by 82 votes.

An email stated, “Although the results are subject to a recount the first week of December, no one familiar with Clark County elections expects the victory to be overturned.”

Elections officials counted 157 ballots Monday and are expected to count another 65 ballots today and then certify the election.

In another race that will probably require a recount, Democratic House candidate Monica Stonier leads Republican Julie Olson by 135 votes. That race is for Probst’s seat in the state House of Representatives.

Auditor Greg Kimsey said a recount for both races will most likely be required by law and would begin next week.

Benton’s email also included this: “That is the beauty of this victory. It is a victory for all the people of Washington.”

Benton has 27,538 votes to 27,456 for Probst.