Kshama Sawant’s Election Night lead over challenger Pamela Banks is only growing after Wednesday’s second count of ballots received in Seattle’s first ever District 3 race.
Sawant’s total is now sniffing 53%.
Tuesday night, the incumbent Sawant held a more than five percentage point lead over Banks in her bid for reelection to the Seattle City Council. Tonight, the lead has stretched to six.
“If you look at the issues that are most urgent issues in District 3… it’s the problem with the affordable housing crisis, the problem we have with traffic gridlock and the need for world class mass transit,” Sawant said, connecting her local victory with the broader platform of her Socialist Alternative party. “What stronger referendum are you going to find on what the people of District 3 want than the election itself?”
“We worked hard and we are going to continue to work hard until all those ballots are counted,” Banks, who actively courted Democratic Party support during her campaign, said Tuesday night. “I’m going to be the comeback kid.” Banks told CHS that she hoped her personal campaigning would help swing the district’s late voters her way.
In the latest count, 2,465 D3 ballots were counted with Sawant claiming more than 1,300 and further stretching her lead.
UPDATE 11/5/2015: Following Wednesday night’s tally, D3 has climbed above 44% turnout.
Given those numbers and figuring a small follow-up climb to 46% turnout, Sawant would need just over 5,135 of the remaining 11,269 likely ballots to claim victory — around 46%. Given that she has so far claimed 53% of the vote, that shouldn’t be a problem.
King County Elections officials say it will continue posting updated counts daily at 4:30 PM. You can view all the King County results here.