Recount in 2 Clark County legislative races

Recount in 2 Clark County legislative races
Republican state Sen. Don Benton, left, and his Democratic challenger Tim Probst.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Two close legislative races in Clark County are going to an automatic recount.
   
County Auditor Greg Kimsey told The Columbian there will be a hand recount next week of 58,994 ballots cast in the 17th District.
   
That will determine the outcome of the state Senate race between incumbent Republican Don Benton and Democrat Tim Probst. Benton has a 78-vote lead in election results certified Tuesday.
   
The other recount will decide who wins Probst's old House seat. Democrat Monica Stonier has a 139-vote lead over Republican Julie Olson.
   
This year, Democrats were the majority party in the state Senate, 27-22. A Benton win means the Democrats would have a 26-23 majority for the 2013 legislative session.   
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Information from: The Columbian.

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