The race for Thurston County commissioner has narrowed as more votes have been tallied in recent days.
Less than 800 votes separated the candidates as of Thursday’s vote count. Democrat Tye Menser led incumbent independent Bud Blake by about 1,600 votes on the first tally Tuesday.
Menser lead of 791 votes is out of 105,221 ballots that have been counted, not including write-ins. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office estimates there are still 9,000 ballots left to count.
Voter turnout as of Thursday was 63 percent in Thurston County.