Official vote tally shows no home field advantage for Klein in judge's race

There wasn't any home field advantage for Karen Klein on Bainbridge Island in her race for the Judge Position 7 in Kitsap Superior Court, according to a review of official precinct returns in the race.

The Kitsap County Elections Division released its official vote tally in the Nov. 6 General Election Monday.

Klein, a Bainbridge Island resident and the CEO of Silver Planet, a Bainbridge-based business that helps baby boomers manage their families' health care, ran against attorney and former prosecutor Jennifer Forbes for the position.

Forbes, of Poulsbo, emerged as the frontrunner from a four-way Primary Election race to replace Judge M. Karlynn Haberly, who decided not to seek re-election.

On Election Day, Forbes quickly outpaced Klein to win the seat.

In the final vote tally released earlier this week, Forbes officially became the winner with 66.9 percent of the vote. She collected 66,651 votes out of 99,620 cast.

Klein finished with 33 percent of the vote, or 32,969 votes.

The official precinct tally shows that Forbes won every precinct in Kitsap County. (County election officials, however, did not announce results in three precincts because turnout was so low that reporting the vote would violate privacy concerns. Six precincts also reported no ballots cast in the race.)

Bainbridge Island voters chose Forbes over Klein in every precinct on the island. Forbes won a majority in each of Bainbridge's 22 precincts.

Klein did best in the Bainbridge precinct of Meadowmeer, where she collected 48.8 percent of the vote, and also Manzanita (48.3 percent), Crystal Springs (48.2), Blakely (47) and Winslow (47).

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