District 3 apparently voted early. As ballot return totals slow in the Seattle City Council district representing Capitol Hill, the Central District, First Hill, and other Central Seattle neighborhoods east of I-5, Kshama Sawant’s reelection is all but assured.
Following Thursday night’s tally, the incumbent claimed 59% of the 3,406 ballots counted since our Wednesday update when Sawant also solidified her lead over challenger Pamela Banks. The continued strong returns for the Socialist Alternative candidate now put her total at 53.93% — let’s call it 54%.
Sawant campaign political director Philip Locker tells CHS the race is over. We haven’t heard from the Banks campaign as of Thursday night.
At this point, turnout in D3 has hit 49.5% but the strong showing in the district slowed considerably in the third day of ballot updates. With its continued strong totals, District 6, where Mike O’Brien appears to have fought off an attempt by the Seattle Times editorial board to sink his kayaktivism, has nearly caught up with D3’s turnout. Meanwhile, it looks like District 1 representing West Seattle featured some serious get out the vote action — its totals surged on Thursday.
Given current turnout trends, Sawant needs to claim around 44% of the votes on any remaining District 3 ballots, a challenge the campaign seems likely to have met.
You can view all the King County results here.
UPDATE 9:30 PM: The campaign supporting Seattle’s Prop 1 transportation levy has declared victory:
With the later ballots trending even more strongly in favor of the Let’s Move Seattle, Proposition 1 transportation levy, the campaign to pass the measure today declared victory. After two vote counts on Wednesday and with the levy winning 63.56 percent of the vote in tonight’s count, overall support for the levy now stands at 57.5 percent and continues to grow.
“Seattle voters have spoken. Let’s Move Seattle has won resoundingly!” said Mayor Ed Murray, who led the effort to pass the measure.
UPDATE 11/6/2015 4:20 PM: Sawant has added another percentage point in Friday’s latest drop,, pushing her lead to 10. Perhaps her campaign can now say the race is even more over-er. Still no announcement from the Banks camp.
UPDATE 11/6/2015 8:15 PM: In a message posted to Facebook, Banks conceded Friday night. “I love this community and I would have been so proud to represent you in City Hall,” the candidate said while also slipping in a quotation from Muhammad Ali:
I want to thank all of the volunteers, supporters, and friends old and new who were the backbone of this campaign. There are so many moments that I will never forget – dancing at Pride, catfish at the CD Block Party, and sharing stories after Saturday door-knocking.
I got into this race because I believe that District 3 deserves a representative that answers to you and speaks on your behalf. I love this community and I would have been so proud to represent you in City Hall.
I called Councilmember Sawant to congratulate her on her re-election. Although this was a hard-fought campaign, we move on and continue to work on improving the lives of people in District 3 and across the city and region.
I will always fight for this community – for safe streets and police accountability, for small businesses and good jobs, for affordable housing and efficient transportation. My heart and my door will always be open to you.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” -Muhammad Ali