GOP’s Joe Kent contests results of Washington state race
Editor’s note: With a difference of 2,629 votes in an election that has been certified in the counties in which GOP candidate Kent ran, very unlikely this recount will achieve anything.
From The Seattle Times:
Republican Joe Kent’s campaign said Friday it intends to request a machine ballot recount of the counties within southwest Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District.
“We believe the election workers did their best to ensure a fair election and count the ballots accurately,” his campaign said in a statement. “But given the close margin between the two campaigns, technical issues with the signature verifications software, and the obligation we have to our supporter to ensure certainty about the outcome, we believe a second tabulation is in order.”
The Kent campaign did not respond to a request to clarify its concern about signature verification software, The Columbian reported.
The secretary of state’s office reported that Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez won the race with 50.14% of the vote to Kent’s 49.31%. The margin of 2,629 votes — or 0.83% — avoided an automatic recount, which only happens if the difference in totals is less than 0.5% and is also less than 2,000 votes.