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Pasco City Council Seat Decided By One Vote

PASCO, Wash. -- With an election recount Monday, we have proof that every vote really does count. Vote counters sifted through almost 1,200 ballots by hand trying to figure out if Shane Thorson had really edged out Webster Jackson for a Pasco City Council seat.

In the machine count, Thorson was leading by one vote. Franklin County Auditor Zona Lenhart said a race like this shows why voting is so important. She says "Still even after the hand count it really does come down to vote. It really does matter."

In the end, after about an hour of vote counting. Thorson won the hand count by the exact same margin as the machine count: one vote. 

Thorson says he is glad it is over. He says, "I'm one that likes to know what is happening. I was on pins and needles every day."

Webster Jackson says he was just glad it was a good race.He says, "It did surprise me but everyone was a quality candidate, everyone deserved a chance."

Lenhart says she has only seen a race this close four or five times in over 25 years of working at the city of Pasco. And she says while she's glad the vote was recounted, she is also glad it is over.She says, "It is difficult in any close race. You have to make sure to do everything properly."

And while Webster Jackson may have lost the election, he may have won something else, a friendship with his competitor.

Thorson says, "I think I gained a friend in the process. Thorson will now face the winner of the primary, Rebecca Francik, in the November election. He says before that, he has a lot of campaigning to do.

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