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County primary turnout comes up deuces

Twenty-two point twenty.two

That's the percenage of turnout for those areas of Spokane County that had something on their ballot in the August primary.

About halfway between one voter in five and one voter in four.  Not quite abysmal, but definitely not very impressive.

Precinct-by-precinct, the results were pretty mixed. Highest turnout was in the town of Latah, where 72 of its 125 voters sent back a ballot, for a turnout of 57.6 percent. A three-way race for a town council seat was the big draw there.

Lowest turnout was in a northwest precinct of the city of Spokane Valley, which includes Mirabeau Park and homes south of the river. It managed only 60 ballots back of the 868 sent out, for 6.91 percent.

7th Dist. Senate follow up: The map

The Secretary of State's office has a map of Tuesday's results in the 7th District Senate race that shows John Smith on top in four counties and Brian Dansel on top in one.

That one, Ferry County, which is Dansel's home county. So one would expect him to run strongest there. But the bad news for Dansel was, that's also the least populous county in the district.

It's true that Spin Control creates precinct maps of election results most days after an election. We're passing this time because of the small number of races, the odd shape of  coupled with the fact that in most of them, the person in first place finished in first in most of the precincts in the district.

Spokane Council 2: Snyder v. Ahern

South Spokane voters will pick between two familiar candidates for the Second District council seat this fall.

Incumbent Jon Snyder will face former State Rep. John Ahern in the general election.

Snyder finished Tuesday night's count with nearly 56 percent of the votes; Ahern had just over 24 percent. Political newcomer LaVerne Biel finished third with about 19 percent.

Smith v. Dansel for the 7th Dist. Senate seat

Appointed State Sen. John Smith will face Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel for the rights to fill northeast Washington’s 7th District Senate seat in next year’s legislative session.
  

Smith easily finished first in the off-year primary and at the end of ballot counting Tuesday night had more than half the votes cast in the three-way race. He said Tuesday night the general election campaign will likely focus on the economy in the hard-hit district.
  

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Spokane Council Dist. 3 Mumm v. Cannon

Candace Mumm will face Michael Cannon this fall in the race for the open council seat in Northwest Spokane's 3rd District.

In Tuesday night's count, Mumm was easily in first place with 56 percent of the vote. Cannon was solidly in second, with 27 percent of the vote. Curt Fackler had 10 percent and Kelly Cruz 6 percent.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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