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Spin Control

Full court press on ballots

House Republicans are suing over the ballots they want to see in Spokane's close 6th Legislative District race.

The House Republican Organizational Committee is holding a press conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit over the race between incumbent GOP Rep. John Ahern and Democratic challenger John Driscoll.

Driscoll leads Ahern by 63 votes, with only some late mail-ins, about 50 "remade" and provisional ballots, and some ballots with questionable signatures left to be counted. Absent some huge shift for one or the other, this one's headed for a hand recount and seems sure to earn the eventual winner the nickname of "Landslide."

House GOPers wanted to see all 7,000 remade ballots from the district. Those are ballots that arrived in some form or another that they couldn't be read by the machines...

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.