Boldts hopes for reelection dim in latest election returns

first_imgClark County Council Chair Marc Boldt saw his re-election prospects dim as the most recent count of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary election show him falling behind Eric Holt, a Democrat vying for the position. On election night 974 votes separated Boldt, an independent, from Holt. On Wednesday, that number had increased to 1,288. Under Washington’s primary system the two candidates with the most votes advance to the November general election regardless of party affiliation. “Rats,” said Boldt in a text. “Going the wrong way.”Republican Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring maintained her lead in the race with 29,961 votes, or 37.7 percent of the most recent count. Clark County elections officials counted about 10,000 ballots Wednesday, boosting voter turnout to 29.4 percent. District 1 raceThe leaders in Tuesday’s primary maintained their positions in the latest results, and only one other outcome — the District 1 position on the Clark County Council — remained in question. Temple Lentz, a Democrat, led with 6,041 votes, or 33.6 percent. Jeanne Stewart, a Republican who currently holds the District 1 seat, was in second with 33.1 percent of the vote, or 5,941 of votes counted. Former Democratic state Rep. Jim Moeller remained in third place with 5,721 votes, or 31.8 percent. Only 320 votes separates the three top vote-getters in the race.An estimated 17,000 ballots remain to be counted. The next ballot count is expected to be released at 4 p.m. Thursday.last_img