Walkinshaw close to joining Jayapal in tight Congressional primary

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Brady Walkinshaw held his election night party at the Comet (Image: CHS)

Brady Walkinshaw got a small but critical boost to his primary ballot count Wednesday as he strives to keep his bid for Congress alive.

On the second day of ballot counting, which tends to skew more liberal, the Capitol Hill resident surpassed Joe McDermott by just under 600 votes after trailing him by less than one point on Tuesday.

“We’ve been the underdog in our race all along. As our race stands, it’s just too close to call,” Walkinshaw said in an email to supporters where he also asked for volunteers to oversee ballot counting. Continue reading

Election 2016 | August Primary Open Thread — UPDATE: Macri, Jayapal, and Prop. 1 take the lead

UPDATE: Seattle voters said “I’m with her” in the first results of the August 2016 primary as Pramila Jayapal and Nicole Macri posted commanding leads in their respective races Tuesday night.

Jayapal took 39% of the vote in the 7th Congressional District race as Brady Walkinshaw and Joe McDermott were in a dead heat for the second spot in the top-two primary. Speaking to his supporters at the Comet, Walkinshaw vowed to press on in the race. Jayapal told her supporters at Hale’s Ales in Fremont that the results showed voters were responding to her progressive campaign. “I want to help lead the important conversations that define who we are as a country, made stronger by our diversity,” she said. “Together, we can and will tackle two of the most pressing issues of our times, climate change and income inequality.”

Nicole Macri took an even bigger lead with 49% of the vote in the 43rd District House race. Dan Shih held a comfortable second place with 25.8%, while Republican Zachary Zaerr came in a surprising third place with the first ballot drop.

Proposition 1 received 67.9% of the vote in a strong show of support for a renewed and expanded property tax levy to fund affordable housing. “I have only just begun,” said Mayor Ed Murray, who proposed the measure. Voters also appear to not like the idea of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with an elevated park — Initiative 123 only garnered 19.4% of the vote.

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