In the race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican Joe Kent says he may pay for a recount, even if results don’t meet the automatic .5% threshold.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent says he’s raising money to pay for a potential recount in the race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

The Associated Press, the Oregonian, and other organizations projected that Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez would win the seat nearly two weeks ago.

Gluesenkamp Perez leads Kent by about 2,800 votes, or a margin of 0.9%.

The state of Washington automatically issues a recount when a race is within 0.5%, but Kent and his team said Friday that they may pay for a recount themselves if the difference doesn’t reach that threshold.

“My campaign is taking steps to raise the money to pay for an optional recount,” Kent said in a statement. “I will accept the eventual outcome of this election as determined by the Secretary of State, and my campaign will continue to work to ensure that the final count is as accurate as possible.”

Kent cited the “small margin” of votes between himself and Gluesenkamp Perez as reason why he may pay for a recount.

County election officials are finalizing their tallied results and waiting on any voters who may still be eligible to “cure” a mistake on their ballot before submitting official results to the state for certification on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

There’s no set amount that an optional recount would cost Kent and his campaign. The price is determined by a canvassing board, which judges how expensive it would be for each county to recount its ballots.

Kent repeatedly stated throughout his campaign that he will accept the certified results of this election, but he’s also expressed doubts about the outcome of the 2020 election.

“I am grateful for all of the hard work the election workers are doing across the seven counties of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District,” Kent said in a statement. “It is a difficult and too often thankless job.”

Kent’s campaign team did not respond to KGW’s interview request today. 

Kent did not speak with KGW or other press members on Election Night, and he has not responded to multiple interview requests in the past two weeks.

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