State Relations

This Week in Olympia: Recounts Settled, Murray Mulls Mayoral Bid

A widely watched recount in Southwest Washington has concluded. At the end of the tallying, Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) came out 74 votes ahead of his challenger, Rep. Tim Probst (D-Vancouver).

As reported earlier, that outcome means that control of the State Senate is still an open question, with two Senate Democrats potentially holding the keys to a new coalition:

In the House, Rep. Mark Hargrove (R-Covington) will be returning to Olympia, after a recount tally showed him with a 157 vote margin over his Democratic opponent:

In other state political news this week, newly minted Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray (D-Seattle), announced he is forming an exploratory committee for a Seattle mayoral run:

Sen. Murray, formerly the Senate Ways & Means Chair,  was responsible for the State Senate’s “no more cuts to higher education,” budget last year.