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Suzanne Sinclair '74 Leads Tight Race for US Congress Nomination in Washington State

September 22, 2004

September 22, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "In a week of back and forth results, Republican Party-endorsed candidate Suzanne Sinclair pulled ahead of outsider Larry Klepinger in the race to challenge Rep. Rick Larsen in [Washington State's] 2nd Congressional District," notes today's edition of the Bellingham Herald. The primary was held September 14, and the winner will face Larsen in November. Sinclair, auditor of Island County, Washington, is a 1974 graduate of DePauw University.

Jon Gambrell writes, "As of Tuesday evening, unofficial results showed Sinclair had 40.5 percent of the vote, with Klep-inger trailing at 37.5 percent. 'I'm guardedly optimistic,' Sinclair said. 'It's not over till it's over, but it is looking good.' Sinclair... formerly worked as a certified public accountant. She earned an accounting degree from Central Washington University and a history degree from Indiana's DePauw University."

Gambrell notes, "With the margin of votes between Sinclair and Klepinger so narrow, there could be a districtwide recount. If the final difference between the two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and less than 0.5 percent, there must be a recount, according to the Revised Code of Washington. If the final difference is less than 150 votes and less than 0.25 percent, the recount must be made by hand. There were 1,468 votes between the two candidates Tuesday night, with a 2.9 percent swing between them."

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