State Sen. Nathan Schlicher has conceded his re-election, acknowledging that his Kitsap Peninsula seat will change from blue to red next year.
Schlicher, a Democrat appointed to the 26th District seat this year when Derek Kilmer joined Congress, said Thursday night that he realized he can’t win.
Updated vote totals showed Schlicher trailing Republican state Rep. Jan Angel by about 1,550 votes — more than 300 more than in Wednesday’s count.
The special election was the most expensive state Senate race ever.
Angel will be the 24th Republican in the Senate, alongside 25 Democrats. But two Democrats are caucusing with the GOP, giving them control.
Angel will add to that.
Schlicher said he has not decided what he will do next.
“I’m going to have a pizza, a beer and go to a movie my kids. That’s my plan,” he said.