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Madore ousts Boldt in county race Mielke leads

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first_imgVancouver businessman David Madore unseated Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt on Tuesday, as both candidates acknowledged the gap would be too much for Boldt to make up even with thousands of votes left to be counted.Tuesday’s returns included approximately 57 percent of voters; elections supervisor Tim Likness estimates final turnout will hit 81 percent. If so, another 57,200 ballots will be counted.Commissioner Tom Mielke, meanwhile, has a slight lead over Ridgefield businessman Joe Tanner, a Democrat.Mielke, a Battle Ground-area Republican seeking his second term, leads by 2,311 votes.Madore leads Boldt, a Hockinson Republican, by 7,971 votes.“It looks like a very good margin,” said Madore, 61. He said he’s thankful for Boldt’s service.Boldt, 58, was seeking his third term.“I’ll live with it, and I’m glad it has been a positive campaign,” Boldt said. He added he’s been inspired by the wide variety of support he received, including from Democrats who rallied around him after the executive board of the Clark County Republican Party disciplined him and then endorsed Madore.Boldt has acknowledged that he has become more of a moderate since his days as a five-term state representative from the 17th District.Election watchers at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall pointed to the “under votes,” or number of voters who didn’t vote in the all-Republican race. Approximately 17 percent of voters skipped the Madore-Boldt race, compared with 7 percent of voters who skipped the Mielke-Tanner race. Also, there were 2,207 write-ins in the Madore-Boldt race, compared with 120 in the Mielke-Tanner race.Madore, an outspoken critic of the Columbia River Crossing and owner of U.S. Digital, spent more than four times as much money as Boldt, $294,126 to $63,762. Whilelast_img read more