An updated vote count in the 4th District congressional race Friday had Dan Newhouse leading Clint Didier by 2,491 votes.
Newhouse had 77,395 votes, or nearly 51 percent of the ballots, to Didier’s 74,904, or 49 percent. At the first of the week Newhouse was leading by just over 2,600 votes. Both are Republicans.
Okanogan County, which has favored Didier, had 1,754 ballots to count at the start of this week and Friday afternoon those had been added to the overall vote total for the 4th District.
The largest number of ballots on hand to count are the estimated 650 ballots in Benton County. They are scheduled to be counted Monday. So far Newhouse has just under 51 percent of the vote there.
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The other counties in the district have about 150 ballots combined to count, not including Walla Walla County where 140 ballots remain. Only western Walla Walla County is included in the 4th District.
That likely leaves fewer than 900 ballots left to be counted. An automatic recount will be held if there are fewer than 2,000 votes separating the candidates.