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Republicans and Democrats alike in Clark County are shifting political affiliations

Repulsed by extremism, Clark County voters focus on candidates, rather than parties

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 16, 2024, 6:14am
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Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, second from right, drew a crowd at The Valiant Ballroom in Vancouver in advance of Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary. Those who attended voiced dissatisfaction with the leading candidates.
Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, second from right, drew a crowd at The Valiant Ballroom in Vancouver in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary. Those who attended voiced dissatisfaction with the leading candidates. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The sound of shuffling ballots filled the Clark County Elections Office as workers prepared to tabulate results from Tuesday’s presidential primary. Auditor Greg Kimsey, steaming jug of coffee in hand, reflected on the way this election — in which voters had to declare a party affiliation to have their ballot counted — defies Washington voters’ independent tendencies.

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