Precinct analysis in Primary Election details impressive win for Cho

YongSuk Cho's big win in Tuesday's three-way Primary Election race for a Bainbridge Island fire commissioner's seat was a commanding victory, according to an analysis of precinct returns by the Review.

Cho won the Position 2 race with 61 percent of the vote, according to the Election Night tally released by the Kitsap County Elections Division.

David H. Lynch was second with 23 percent, and Meghan McKnight was third, with 15 percent of the vote.

Unofficial precinct results show Cho as the outright majority winner in each of Bainbridge Island's 22 precincts.

Cho also won six precincts in landslide proportions, where he pulled in more than 65 percent of the vote.

His best showing was in the precinct of New Brooklyn, where he finished with 70 percent of all ballots cast.

He also easily cruised to a win in the precincts of Eagle Harbor, Liberty and Tolo, where he finished with 69 percent of the vote.

Cho also tallied just above 65 percent in the two precincts just north of Winslow; Blue Heron and Azalea.

All told, Cho bested his island-wide turnout average of 61.6 percent in 11 of Bainbridge's 22 precincts.

Lynch, the second-place finisher who will advance with Cho to November's General Election, fared best in the precincts of Finch and Ferncliff.

Lynch had his best showing in Ferncliff, the precinct that lies north of High School Road and east of Highway 305, where he finished with 30 percent of the vote.

In Finch, the precinct just west of Winslow, Lynch pulled in 29 percent of the vote.

McNight had a few bright spots in Tuesday's election, despite her overall third-place finish.

She came in second in the precincts of Azalea and Island Center, and tied Lynch for second place in Tolo.

McKnight also missed claiming second place in Azalea by one vote (32-31), according to unofficial returns, and trailed Lynch by two votes in New Brooklyn (15-13).

In Tuesday's race for the South Ward, Position 3 seat on the city council, an analysis of precinct returns shows Primary Election winner Roger Townsend won seven of eight precincts in the South Ward.

Townsend, who finished with almost 60 percent of the vote in the first unofficial tally, did best in the precinct of Eagle Harbor, where he finished with 69 percent of the vote.

He was also strong in Blakely (67 percent), Crystal Springs (64) and Island Center (58).

Neither Townsend nor Dee McComb, the second-place finisher in the race, gained a majority in the precinct of Liberty. Townsend tallied 45 percent of the vote there, and McComb, 41.

McComb found her strongest support in Liberty. Her next best showing was in the precinct of Finch, where she pulled in 39 percent of the vote.

She finished below 30 percent in three of the eight precincts where votes were cast in the race; Blakely (26 percent), Crystal Springs (24) and Eagle Harbor (23).

Though three names were on the ballot for the contest for the South Ward seat, it was essentially a two-candidate race.

Robert Bosserman withdrew his candidacy and gave his support to Townsend, but Bosserman did not exit the race in time to prevent his name from appearing on South Ward ballots.


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