King County Elections officials tallied another 3,500 or so District 3 votes in Wednesday’s second release of Primary totals and the numbers show incumbent Kshama Sawant’s number one position strengthening.
Sawant and now out of the running challenger Zachary DeWolf were the only candidates to make percentage point gains in the second day’s totals. Sawant now commands 34% of the total vote. Egan Orion is poised to join Sawant in the primary though his percentage total has dipped ever so slightly to just over 23%. In past races, Sawant has consistently gained ground in tallies of late voters.
The Primary results are setting up “a straight-up battle between the billionaire class and the working class” for Sawant’s City Council seat, the Socialist Alternative leader said in her Election Night speech — exactly the kind of rhetoric her supporters cheer and the kind of statement many Orion supporters point at as proof Sawant and her policies are unfit for City Hall.
Pat Murakami, currently third, saw her percentage total fall in the latest count. The Beacon Hill small business owner and neighborhood activist has not yet publicly conceded the race.
UPDATE 8/8/19: Murakami tells CHS that after the second ballot update Wednesday, she has decided to end her campaign. Supported by an endorsement from the Speak out Seattle pro-policing and public safety group, Murakami outpaced many expectations but fell far short of the top two slots.
In a statement to CHS, Murakami called for the eventual D3 victor to “help those suffering on our streets” and “protect and preserve private property ownership for future generations.”
I hope whomever prevails will put the residents of District 3 and the people of Seattle first. The people should come before the dictates from one’s political party or one’s personal financial interests. We need a leader who will boldly take action to help those suffering on our streets and who will protect and preserve private property ownership for future generations. I wish them the best in addressing the many challenges facing our city.
King County Elections will continue updating the totals (PDF) daily at 4 PM until all ballots are counted. District 3 voters are currently producing a 38.3% turnout — the highest in the city.
UPDATE 8/9/19: How about the third count? Thursday’s update shows just how powerful the Sawant camp’s “get out the vote” machine continues to be as her late voter totals are dominating the field. Sawant commanded some 40% of the votes tallied Thursday to bring her overall percentage over the 35-point mark. The strong showing dented every other candidate in the field as Sawant has passed above 10,000 votes in the race. Orion now stands at 6,469. Turnout in D3 has hit 46.4% but is no longer the strongest showing in the city. Northwest Seattle’s District 6 has pushed its turnout to 46.5% as of Thursday night.
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