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Wahkiakum County Commissioner Blair Brady (D-Rosburg) held just a 15-vote lead over challenger Eugene Strong (I-Rosburg) Wednesday, with 1,051 votes to Strong's 1,036. 

Brady got 50.36 percent of the vote to Strong's 49.64 percent, which would make the race subject to an automatic recount if further ballot counting doesn't substantially change the margin. Brady is running for his fourth term as commissioner; Strong is the former county sheriff. 

The race for county assessor is also close, with incumbent Bill Coons (I-Cathlamet) ahead of challenger Brian McClain (I-Skamokawa) by 113 votes as of Wednesday. Coons, seeking a third term as county assessor, brought in 1,097 votes to McClain's 984. 

Mark Howie (I-Cathlamet) won another term as sheriff, grabbing with 60 percent of the vote to defeat a challenge from Graham Phalen. 

Incumbents Nicci Bergseng (I-Cathlamet) and Dan Bigelow (D-Cathlamet) will keep their positions of county auditor and prosecutor. 

Final results will be available later this week, said Deputy Auditor Susan O'Connor. The office will count the remaining ballots — about 290 of them —  on Thursday, she said. 

Voter turnout in the county was about 80 percent, which is what the auditor's office expected, O'Connor said. 

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