An excruciating Election Night on Seattle’s Capitol Hill was marked by unsurprising victories in the state for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and incumbent Governor Jay Inslee who claimed his third term in Olympia. Results from Washington’s first tally of ballot counts are below.
But the night’s attention remained on the national race for the White House where Donald Trump was mounting a defense that felt remarkably familiar to the Republican’s 2016 triumph. In an overnight speech, Trump said he had won the election and signaled his campaign would fight the continued counting of ballots in battleground states including Michigan and Pennsylvania. In King County, if you’re wondering, Trump managed just over 20% of the first tally of votes.
In Cal Anderson, dozens of protesters were reported gathering for an Election Night demonstration organized by groups that have maintained nightly anti-police marches through the neighborhood since the height of the summer’s Black Lives Matter activism. Police said there were two demonstrations underway in the city with marches starting in the South Lake Union at Cascade Park and another leaving Cal Anderson Park, headed west on Denny. UPDATE 9:25 PM: Clashes between protesters and police were reported underway in downtown Seattle. UPDATE 9:55 PM: After reports of property damage and a few arrests, SPD has pushed demonstrators up Denny back toward Capitol Hill.