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Close election races could call for a recount or delayed results

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many of this year's state races are too close to call right now and experts anticipate it will take until well after election day to determine the final results.

The Benton County Auditor's Office where they will be counting the ballots Tuesday. People are still dropping them off and thousands more are expected to arrive Tuesday.

With the gubernatorial race neck and neck, the counting could go on long after Election Day. In fact, it could go on for weeks after Tuesday's initial results are released at 8 pm.

If the results in the race are too close to call, even after every ballot is counted in the days after election day, then we could see a recount. Twenty-one days after the election there is certification day when it's decided if there will be a recount and if there is, it's another lengthy process.

"Each county would recount the ballots in their county whether that be a machine recount or a hand recount and then again the canvassing board in each county would come together certify the results of the recount. Those would then be shared with the secretary of state who would combine those results and determine who the winner of the recount was," said Brenda Chilton, Benton County Auditor.

Chilton says they plan on having all the ballots counted by Friday. As of last Friday, 46 percent or 45 thousand ballots were already in.

All those ballots that come in Tuesday won't be counted until the following day because they need to be processed.

Officials tell me it's likely we'll have a better picture of results on Wednesday, but in the governor's race, it could be several days before we know the winner.