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Benton-Probst, Stonier-Olson races to be tallied by hand
Two legislative races in Clark County are indeed close enough to trigger automatic recounts, according to election results certified Tuesday, which also show Republican Sen. Don Benton with a 78-vote lead over Democrat Tim Probst and Democrat Monica Stonier with a 139-vote lead over Republican Julie Olson. Both races are in the 17th District.
Recently re-elected congresswoman says jobs, economy remain the top issues
Earlier this month, voters in Southwest Washington decided to send U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, back to Congress for a second term. Last week, Herrera Beutler sat down for an interview in her Vancouver office and outlined the challenges ahead.
Contest pairs area chefs, farmers and raises money for Urban Abundance
Local-food advocates hope those attending today's tree lighting ceremony in Esther Short Park also wander one block south and become taste-testers in their fall soup cook-off.
The ballots weren't counted previously because of a computer glitch
Republican Don Benton and Democrat Monica Stonier still lead in their legislative races after election officials tallied 1,179 ballots that had been overlooked because of a computer glitch.
Benton leads by 105; Stonier leads by 120
State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, and Democrat House candidate Monica Stonier continue to lead slightly in the 17th District legislative races after about 500 more votes were counted by Clark County election officials today.
A routine check reveals 1,178 local ballot computer didn't tally
Efforts to close out the Nov. 6 election took a turn Friday afternoon when election workers discovered that ballots from 1,178 voters had been scanned but not counted, according to Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey.
Campaigns reach out to voters with contested ballots
For most political candidates, campaigning ends on election night. That hasn't been the case, however, for the four 17th District legislative candidates still locked in unresolved races.
Benton has 105-vote lead over Probst, Stonier has 75-vote lead over Olson
Democrat Tim Probst trailed Republican incumbent Don Benton by 105 votes in the too-close-to-call 17th District Senate race, according to updated election results released today.
Both tight contests appears headed for recounts
Republican incumbent Don Benton widened his slight lead over Democrat Tim Probst in the 17th District Senate race that remained too close to call today, according to updated election results.
Benton leads Probst by 65 votes, Stonier leads Olson by 39
Incumbent Don Benton once again pulled ahead of his Democratic rival, Tim Probst, in the too-close-to call 17th District Senate race, according to updated election results released Tuesday.
Elections officials expect to count 3,200 more ballots today, with more than 5,500 left to go
Election results will be updated by the Clark County Elections Department at about 4:30 p.m. today, but the tight legislative races in the 17th District will likely remain too close to call.
Those along state highways must be down by Friday
Political candidates have until the end of this week, and in some cases until the middle of next week, to remove campaign signs that have been cluttering roadsides across Clark County.
Clark County voters tackled some divisive issues in Tuesday's election, and their collective decisions could have far-reaching impacts on the region. Here's a look at what we might expect:
Probst has 16-vote lead over Benton, Stonier leads Olson by 81 votes
Democrat Tim Probst re-gained a minuscule lead over Republican incumbent Don Benton in the 17th District Senate race, according to updated election results released Friday. Sixteen votes are all that separate the candidates.
They want an alternative plan for replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge
It's time to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and several other Republican lawmakers from Southwest Washington, said in a statement issued today.
Probst lead over Benton narrows; Olson widens gap over Stonier
Mielke widens lead over Tanner, Benton pulls closer to Probst, Olson widens lead over Stonier.
Gary Ruzicka makes ends meet by working several odd jobs, and that makes his schedule unpredictable. So he was grateful one Wednesday evening last month to see that the Lewis River Mobile Food Bank was trying out new operating hours other than the group's typical hours on Sunday afternoons.
Trio of Republicans cruise to easy wins
Republicans Ann Rivers and Liz Pike apparently will continue to serve as legislators in the 18th District, according to preliminary election results, while Republican Brandon Vick will serve in the district's Position 1 House seat.
U.S. Rep. handily defeats Haugen
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, secured her second congressional term on Tuesday evening, according to preliminary returns from across Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District.
Months of campaigning will culminate in either victory or defeat for candidates today, the last day to vote in the 2012 general election.
Officials predict, and candidates work for, high turnout
In 2008, a record proportion of Washingtonians voted in the general election, many excited to cast a historic vote for the nation's first African-American president.
Outdoors field trip day gets youngsters an increasingly rare chance to be hands-on with the natural world
Outdoors enthusiast Debbie Lee used to take her children on nature walks around the Vancouver Trout Hatchery. Now she takes her grandchildren there.
She also throws support behind GOP candidates running for statewide offices
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, encouraged her supporters on Friday morning to continue their get-out-the-vote efforts between now and Tuesday.
With Election Day less than a week away, Clark County's legislative candidates have used most of their campaign contributions. But some candidates still have a significant chunk of money to spend as they head toward the Nov. 6 finish.
He rallies supporters with one week until Election Day
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna rolled through Vancouver this morning on a 29-stop campaign tour designed to get out the vote in the final days before the Nov. 6 election.
Cancer forces long-time advocate to withdraw lawsuit
Vancouver's John Milem is losing his battle with cancer, and his crusade to make sure that voting district lines are drawn for the people, not for the politicians, is expected to come to an end on Monday.
Senator stops in Vancouver to rally for herself and other Democratic candidates, and to discuss issues
With just 11 days left until the Nov. 6 general election, Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell made a final push for Clark County votes during a rally Friday evening at Vancouver Firefighters Hall.
Website offers reward for information; identity of founder a mystery
An anonymous vigilante has emerged to protect political signs against the all-too-common act of vandalism — or at least that's how it appears.
Group will reprint them with corrected information
The chairman of a voter education organization said he is sick to his stomach about errors in his group's recent political flier that make it look as if Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, voted in favor of a significant tax increase.
He has spent twice as much as any other local office candidate in state
Candidate has spent twice as much money than any other candidate for local office statewide
Local philanthropist Nierenberg was invited to watch the debate in person
Camas resident David Nierenberg was in audience as President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney squared off Tuesday night in New York state.
3rd Dist. congresswoman faces first re-election test against Democrat who opposes CRC
In her first bid for re-election to Congress, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, faces opposition from independently minded Democrat Jon Haugen.
They fear union of man and woman will be redefined
To Camas resident Piper McEwen, marriage is an important institution that must be safeguarded against change.
Local efforts part of statewide push to legalize same-sex marriage in Wash.
When Amy Wells went door-to-door in Vancouver this month to explain what the right to marry would mean to her, she encountered a mixed reaction.
Benton, Probst in the top 12 fundraisers among candidates for 147 legislative seats
Voters in Clark County's 17th District get to make a choice this fall in one of the state's most competitive legislative races.
Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna answer questions on the Columbia River Crossing, the economy and education.
A ballot measure that would increase the sales tax to pay for light rail maintenance and operations and bus rapid transit in Vancouver was the topic of a live chat on The Columbian's website.
Republicans diverge on Medicaid, ed funding
Thanks to a top two primary voting system, Clark County's 18th District voters will decide between two Republicans in this fall's Position 1 House race.
Anti-Obama protest subject of Clark College public forum
The three-legged chair hung from a tree in Camas to protest President Barack Obama has stirred up fear and painful family memories for Camas resident Debi Jenkins.
Former representative seeks to hold on to Senate seat
State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, is campaigning in the 18th District this fall to defend her recent Senate appointment against Democratic tax reform advocate Ralph Schmidt.
Diversity advocates have called a Camas couple's display racially insensitive
Clark College will host a discussion at noon today about the recent "chair lynching" in which a Camas couple hanged an empty chair symbolizing President Barack Obama from a tree in their yard. The forum will take place in the college’s diversity center, room 214 in Gaiser Hall.
Clark County voters in the 18th District will choose a successor this fall to longtime state Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, who will no longer live within their voting district.
First-term legislator Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, is defending his seat this fall from political newcomer Jim Gizzi, a Democrat. The two will face off in Clark County's 17th District for the Position 2 House seat.
A Ridgefield School Board president and a teachers' coach are vying this fall for votes in Clark County's 17th Legislative District.
County Commissioner Marc Boldt and his political challenger, David Madore, participated in a live chat this afternoon on The Columbian's website.
Senator says bridge project affects entire nation's economy
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said lawmakers need to continue to press those involved with the Columbia River Crossing to make sure the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement gets done.
Boldt, Madore set to participate on Friday
Republican Commissioner Tom Mielke and his Democratic opponent, Joe Tanner, answered reader questions in real time today on The Columbian's website.
Local GOP denounces display similar to "chair lynchings" seen in other states
An empty chair hung from a tree outside a Camas couple's home in protest of President Barack Obama is drawing criticism from diversity advocates as an example of racial insensitivity against America's first black president.
Baumgartner talks to students, raises funds, meets editors in visit to Vancouver
Sen. Maria Cantwell's Republican challenger says the lessons he's learned while working in the Middle East could be applied to Congress, which he says is fraught with gridlock.
Candidate had gotten cold shoulder over CRC stance
Democratic U.S. House candidate Jon Haugen was endorsed over the weekend by Washington State Democrats after campaigning for months with little support from party leadership.