With jseattle and Bryan Cohen reporting
UPDATE: A battle as old as USA politics appears to be shaping up in District 3 as the “grassroots” support for Kshama Sawant and the “establishment” power lining up behind Pamela Banks pushed the two women to Primary Night victory Tuesday.
“Above all, we have completely transformed Seattle politics,” Sawant said in her speech in front of supporters in the Melrose Market Studios after the first batch of ballot counts were announced.
Banks at her party at 95 Slide made no speech, preferring instead to celebrate with family and supporters who she said she thanked so much for the many hours of work put into the primary. Banks told CHS she plans to attend to an important family matter and then retreat into a “small cabin” for a few days to rest before what comes next — a likely bruising battle with a strong incumbent opponent.
Want to know who was hanging up all those Sawant posters on Capitol Hill? They are raising their hands pic.twitter.com/G74piJo9ia
— Bryan Cohen (@bchasesc) August 5, 2015
District 3 has thus far kept its hold on the dubious title of the Seattle district with the highest voter turnout. The city as a whole has produced a rather pitiful 21.5% turnout so far.
Original post: It’s a big night for Seattle as far as elections go. The first Election Night for the first primary for the city’s first election with the new district system. CHS is out and about at the various District 3 parties in the neighborhood and will have a few notes and pictures to share as the first results come in from King County around 8:15 PM. If you’re out, send us a picture and a note to let us know what you see. Happy election.
UPDATE: The first drop played out as expected — Sawant 49.9%, Banks 35.29%
Meanwhile, the citywide Council seats appear to be coming down to races between Burgess and Grant and Gonzalez and Bradburd:
UPDATE 8/5/2015 4:30 PM: Another 1,800 District 3 ballots have been tallied in the latest drop. As some predicted, the latest votes have Sawant stretching her lead, pushing the incumbent candidate over the 50% mark.
UPDATE 8/6/2015 4:15 PM: With Thursday’s ballot count completed, Sawant’s lead has accelerated — the incumbent picked up 2,438 of the most recent 4,291 ballots counted, or 57%. Overall — and including write-ins — her tally has climbed to 51.8%. Banks now claims 34.4% of the District 3 vote.
Meanwhile, turnout in D3 has hit 35.6%.
- Want a look at the Primary through a District 3 perspective? Here is our CHS Election 2015 coverage.
- There are five Election Night parties (we know about) on Capitol Hill — including four of the District 3 candidates:
- No exit polls to share but we do have CHS’s preliminary District 3 survey results to lean on. It’s Sawant and Banks going through, according to our poll:
- What drove our survey respondents? Here are the priorities the respondents cited:
- Meanwhile, we also asked about the two citywide City Council positions — from a D3 perspective:
Contrasting the expected coming fight in November might best come down to the organizations both candidates emerged from. Banks is Seattle City Hall born and bred, while Sawant’s roots are part of the rapidly growing Socialist Alternative party.
- Oops! There’s a Capitol Hill candidate we never wrote about. Hill lifer Thomas Tobin is, again, running for City Council this year in the at-large Position 9 seat. Again, he probably has no chance.
- From the national politics wire, Bernie Sanders is in Seattle next week. Guess where — on Capitol Hill — the Democrat challenger is holding a big fundraiser:
BERNIE SANDERS at THE COMET TAVERNThis Saturday, August 8, Bernie Sanders will hold a meet and greet fundraising reception in Seattle at the Comet Tavern before his big rally at Hec Ed Pavilion that night. Bernie looks forward to talking with you about his campaign for the presidency and his agenda for America. Please come out to show your support and join him at this special reception. Limited space, RSVP asap.Here’s the information for the event:Saturday, August 8 at 5 p.m. (doors at 4pm)
Seattle Meet and Greet Fundraising Reception
The Comet Tavern
922 E. Pike Street
The minimum contribution for this event is $200Anybody (who wants to pay $200 to support Sanders) want to take a few pictures for CHS? :)