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Homola lead grows by two votes on Friday in Island County race

Democrat Angie Homola's lead has inched up to 60 votes in the latest vote tally, released Friday afternoon by the Island County elections office.

Earlier this week, she led by 58 votes in the District 2 race for Island County commissioner.

Homola is on track to an upset victory over 16-year incumbent Republican Mac McDowell. Approximately 120 ballots are left to count, and the next update is expected the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 17.

Homola leads with 50.0 percent of the vote; McDowell has 49.9 percent.

The race has tightened each time additional ballots have been counted since Election Day.

Homola initially led by 849 votes, then by 630 votes. By Thursday, Nov. 6, her advantage had dropped to 383 votes, then to 76 votes. Earlier this week, Homola led by 62 votes.

Meanwhile, incumbent Representative Norma Smith has widened her lead slightly over Democratic challenger Tim Knue in the 10th Legislative District Position 1 race, but it's still too close to call.

With an additional 915 votes counted by Wednesday afternoon, Smith was leading Knue by 480 votes. Smith had 33,598 votes (50.36 percent) to Knue's 33,118 votes (49.64 percent).

On Election Night, Knue led by nearly 600 votes; Smith's advantage as of Tuesday was 449 votes.

An undetermined number of outstanding military ballots from Island and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties have yet to be counted.

More votes will have to come in before an automatic recount can be triggered. A margin of one-half of 1 percent is required for an automatic recount.

But Smith, of Clinton, said she's counting on a historical trend toward strong-finishing Republicans to put her over the top.

Two years ago, Knue came in a strong second to Republican Rep. Barbara Bailey in the battle for state representative from the 10th Legislative District Position 2.

Bailey came from behind to win.

This year, Knue, a longtime educator from Conway south of Mount Vernon, switched to Position 1 to take on Smith.

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