Kremen still leads Larson, Maginnis inches closer to Crawford

Published on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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With the most recent Whatcom County elections results in, outgoing county executive Pete Kremen still leads county council member Tony Larson, while a machine recount may be triggered in the race between Christina Maginnis and county council member Sam Crawford.

Kremen has increased his lead incrementally, with the most recent tallies showing 51.7 percent for him and 48.3 percent for Larson; an increase in Kremen's lead of about one tenth of a percentage point.

Maginnis has moved within 187 votes of Crawford, and is flirting with the less than one half of one percent difference that would trigger a machine recount of ballots. Crawford has 50.2 percent to the vote while Maginnis has 49.8. State law requires a machine recount if two candidates are less than 2,000 votes and less than one-half of one percent away from each other.

The numbers for the Northwest Park and Recreation levy have not changed significantly; 55.6 percent of Blaine and Birch Bay voters still support the levy while 44.4 percent are rejecting it. The levy, which would raise $350,000 for the park and recreation district over the next six years, needs 60 percent of the vote or more to pass.

The Whatcom County Auditor’s website lists 17,000 ballots left to count. The next count will apparently take place on November 12, though that’s this Saturday.

I spent most of today crunching voter precinct numbers for the Blaine and Birch Bat areas. Though I used yesterday’s numbers, today’s numbers should not have affected my calculations that drastically.

Here’s my post on the Blaine and Birch Bay areas supporting Larson over Kremen and state senator Doug Ericksen over Jack Louws in the race for county executive. Ericksen has since conceded the county executive race to Louws.

And here’s my post about the park and recreation levy finding stronger support with Blaine residents than with voters who live in Birch Bay.

As always, click here for the most up-to-date results.

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