Update: Benton declares victory; Stonier in lead
Originally published November 26, 2012 at 8:47 p.m., updated November 26, 2012 at 10:32 p.m.
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.