Powers lead over Lucarelli is enough to win

With just a scattering of votes left to count, incumbent Port Orchard City Councilwoman Carolyn Powers still leads challenger Cindy Lucarelli--with only a 13-vote margin.

However, it might be enough to eke out a victory. When translated to percentages, Powers' lead is .6 percent, which is enough to call it a victory.

Any election with a margin larger than .5 a percent triggers an automatic recount. When there is a wider margin either candidate can request a recount but must pay for it themselves.

On Tuesday night, Lucarelli said she was uncertain whether she would request--and pay for--such a recount.

Results posted Thursday indicated only 50 uncounted votes countywide, but no indication how many of those votes are within the Port Orchard city limits.

The next--and presumably final---results will be posted on Nov. 19. The election will be certified on Nov. 24. At that time, a winner will be declared or a recount scheduled.

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