Recounts Likely in a Handful of Washington State Legislative Races

November 20, 2018

By Joseph O’Sullivan

A trio of Washington Legislature races appear to be headed for recounts, including a hard-fought race for an open state Senate seat that has flipped back and forth since the Nov. 6 elections.

These remaining close races will determine the margin by which Democrats will control both the House and the Senate. If the results as of Friday afternoon ultimately hold, Democrats would gain a total of three Senate seats and seven House seats.

That would give them a 28-21 edge in the Senate and a 57-41 margin in the House.

Right now, perhaps the most closely watched contest is the 26th District state Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard.

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