Recount in 3rd Congressional District begins Thursday

Dec 13, 2022, 1:19 PM | Updated: 4:13 pm
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From left, Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez; Joe Kent (Getty Images)
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The recount in the 3rd U.S. Congressional District race will begin Thursday, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s office.

The county canvassing board will oversee the Thurston County portion of the machine recount.

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, won in the primary 160,314 to Republican Joe Kent’s 157,685.

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Perez’s victory over Kent, who defeated U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) in the primary, was one of the biggest upsets nationwide.

After the results were posted, Kent’s campaign tweeted, “In order to ensure the integrity of the election in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, we are preparing to fund the optional recount that is afforded us by law.”

The campaign gave its reasons for the requested recount. “How close the vote is (less than 1%), reports we received from election workers about glitches in the signature verification software, the potential for human error, and the precedent of a previous major election in this state determined by a recount.”

Washington election rules call for a mandatory recount if the margin between two candidates is less than one-half of a percent and also less than 2,000 votes. In this case, Kent is funding the recount.

The Thurston County recount will begin at 1 p.m. this Thursday. The canvassing board is scheduled to meet on Friday at 8:30 a.m., but will have the results for Thurston County only.

Perez has already attended a orientation meeting in Washington, D.C. for new House members.

Elected representatives are scheduled to take their oath of office in January.

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Recount in 3rd Congressional District begins Thursday