Thurston County Treasurer Shawn Myers, a Democrat, widened her narrow lead over Republican challenger Tom Nelson after more ballots were counted Wednesday.
Myers now leads 51.45 percent to Nelson’s 48.36 percent. But Nelson wasn’t conceding Wednesday night; he said he would wait until today to make an announcement.
“Her lead is widening a little bit, and I’m not quite certain as to what the demographics are of the final ballot counts,” he said.
Myers was talking like the winning candidate Wednesday.
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“I look forward to serving the citizens of Thurston County as their new elected treasurer,” she said.
County Auditor Kim Wyman said Wednesday’s count was the last big vote count, and the results are not likely to shift at this point.
“I don’t know that there are enough ballots out,” she said. “They would all have to swing dramatically for Nelson at this point. Typically, we don’t see that.”
The election office counted 14,641 more ballots Wednesday after going through 74,294 on election night. There are 149,024 registered voters in Thurston County; the voter turnout rate has been about 65 percent for this election, Wyman said.
The treasurer is responsible for receiving and disbursing more than $2 billion. Though the Thurston County commission sets the county budget, the treasurer manages its finances and those of 40 school and fire districts.
In addition to spending money, the person elected to the job is responsible for investments.
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