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November 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Reardon wins in Snohomish County

Aaron Reardon, Snohomish County executive

Votes counted Wednesday cemented Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon’s victory over state Rep. Mike Hope.

Reardon, a two-term Democratic incumbent, captured 56 percent to Hope’s 43 percent, as of Wednesday’s count.

The county reported fewer than 10,000 new votes out of about 200,000 expected. In those votes only, Reardon led by 13 percentage points — 55 percent to Hope’s 44 percent.

If the county’s projected turnout is correct, Hope would have to get about 60 percent of the remaining votes.

“I think it’s improbable” that Hope will win, Reardon said Wednesday. “The numbers are clearly in our favor.”

Hope, R-Lake Stevens, conceded Tuesday night after seeing Reardon’s 14-point lead in the initial returns. But Reardon was cautious about declaring victory. Reardon was concerned about ballots sent in later, because on Thursday, media began reporting about a criminal investigation into whether Reardon misspent county funds on travel.

Mike Hope

Reardon was concerned about ballots sent in later, because on Thursday, media began reporting about a criminal investigation into whether Reardon misspent county funds on travel.

Reardon says he thinks his opponent somehow caused the allegations to become public just a few days before ballots were due.

 

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