Watkins concedes in WA state auditor race

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Republican Troy Watkins has conceded in the state auditor race and says it doesn't appear he has a chance of defeating Democrat Troy Kelley.

Watkins, a business development consultant, says he wishes Kelley well in filling the vacuum left by longtime auditor Brian Sontag, who is retiring.

With thousands of votes yet to count, Kelley, a state representative from Tacoma, is leading 52 to 48 percent.

Both Kelley and Watkins have a range of experience in the private and public sectors. Watkins ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010. Kelley was first elected to the state Legislature in 2006.

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