BEND, OR -- The race for a Republican nominee to fill the State House seat being vacated by retiring Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) is still too close to call, and the Deschutes County Clerk says it could be at least two weeks before a winner can be declared. Only eleven votes separate Redmond Realtor Jack Zika and Tumalo Activist Ben Schimmoller.
GOP Fight for Whisnant Seat Too Close To Call
County Clerk Nancy Blankenship says her office is evaluating ballots considered "challenged" and will gather any mailed to other counties, or that haven't been delivered from postal distribution centers. Those ballots, along with write-ins, are likely to be processed May 30 and June first, so the race can be certified by the June fourth deadline.
If it's still too close to call after that, a recount may be next for the District 53 race. The winner faces Democrat Eileen Kiely in November.