Bakke's grip on second place drops by one vote
August 31, 2008 · 1:20 PM
Incumbent Republican Phil Bakke continues to win in the battle for second place on the November ballot in the District 1 Island County commissioner race.
With less than 25 votes left to count, Island County's election division reports that Bakke is leading no-party candidate Curt Gordon by 52 votes.
Bakke had led by 53 votes early Friday.
Democrat Helen Price Johnson is solidly in front in the four-person race, with 5,250 votes.
Republican Reece Rose remains in fourth, with 1,598 votes.
The primary election will be certified as official on Sept. 3. Under Washington's top-two primary, the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election in November.