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ELECTION 2013 | Angel increases lead in District 26 senate race

State Rep. Jan Angel talks with supporters during a election party in Gig Harbor. Angel holds a narrow lead over Senator Nathan Schlicher in the District 26 state senate race. - Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo
State Rep. Jan Angel talks with supporters during a election party in Gig Harbor. Angel holds a narrow lead over Senator Nathan Schlicher in the District 26 state senate race.
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The Secretary of State’s website shows State. Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard) with a 1,237-voter lead over Sen. Nathan Schlicher (D-Gig Harbor) in the District 26 state Senate race.

Angel has 17,548 votes (51.8 percent) to Schlicher’s 16,311 (48.1), according to unofficial results.

“It was nice at the first returns to have a 3 percent lead and it’s never over until it’s over,” Angel said Tuesday at her election party in Gig Harbor. “In past races, we’ve always increased and I’m hopeful it id in this case.”

Angel was ahead in the polls in both Kitsap and Pierce counties.

In Kitsap County, Angel received more than 52.5 percent (8,403) votes) compared to Schlicher’s 46.9 percent (7,509). In Pierce County, she had 50 percent (9,145) to Schlicher’s 49 percent (8,802).

“I’ve always believed in the power of the people and they have shown that this district seat can’t be bought,” Angel said.

But Schlicher feels optimistic about the results.

"We are thrilled with the initial results.  We expected it would be a nail-biter and it is.” said Schlicher Wednesday afternoon. “With 200,00 votes to count and a 700 vote difference we are excited to see the new results over the next two days. We have clearly closed the gap from the primary and will see where it goes in the final analysis."

 

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