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Second count tightens Port races

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Second count tightens Port races

KGMI News reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – With more ballots counted, the Port of Bellingham races are still too close to call.

Dan Robbins has pulled ahead with 51 percent of the vote to Renata Kowalczyk’s 49 percent.

They’re separated by about 1,000 votes.

On election night, Renata had held a slim lead with just 166 votes.

The margin between Mike McAuley and Ken Bell has tightened. McAuley is now only ahead by about 900 votes, with 51 percent of the vote to Bell’s 49 percent.

Progressive candidates’ maintain their leads in the county council races.

The auditor’s office says there are now 12,000 ballots left to count, far more than the original estimate of 5,000.

The next ballot count will be released later this afternoon.