Kshama Sawant Jumps to 1,148 Vote Lead, Beyond the Automatic Recount Margin
on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM
With a total of 171,858 ballots counted, Socialist Alternative challenger Kshama Sawant has climbed to a 1,148-vote, 50.2 percent to 49.5 percent lead
over 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin in their race for Seattle City
Council. Sawant won a healthy 55.4 percent of today's batch of 5,646
ballots, extending her total lead outside the margin of an automatic recount. Conlin would need to win better than 55 percent of the approximately 11,000 ballots remaining in order to take back the lead.
Fat lady, sing.
In other races, supporters of SeaTac Prop 1, the $15 minimum wage initiative, are exhaling a tiny sigh of relief
after the "yes" vote's 62 percent of today's ballot drop increased it's
total lead to 53 votes out 5,621 counted. This was the "yes" side's
best percentage performance of any batch, but only 142 ballots were
counted. Yesterday, Prop 1 led by only 19 votes. There are only about
300 ballots remaining, but since these could be coming from anywhere,
they defy prediction.
As for Seattle's Prop 1—public campaign financing—it looks like too little too late.
The "yes" side continued to close the gap, picking up 52.3 percent of
today's 5,908 ballot batch. But that's just not enough. It continues to
trail 50.7 to 49.3, and by 2,656 votes.