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Friday, August 19th, 2011

End of the week numbers are in for August winnowing election: Mitchell still gaining

Good after­noon! King Coun­ty Elec­tions has opt­ed to update results for the 2011 win­now­ing elec­tion a bit ear­ly today — so, hap­pi­ly, we’re able to break down new num­bers soon­er than we oth­er­wise would have.

In the con­test for King Coun­ty Coun­cil, Dis­trict #6, Richard Mitchell con­tin­ues to climb… and Jane Hague con­tin­ues to slide. Mitchell now has more than 30% of the vote, up from 27.87% on elec­tion night. Hague, mean­while, has dropped below 38%, down from near­ly 40% a few nights ago.

Here’s where things cur­rent­ly stand:

Bal­lots Cast/Registered Vot­ers: 36786121139 (30.37%)
Pat­sy Bon­in­con­tri: 7.21% (2,506 votes)
Richard E. Mitchell: 30.05% (10,438 votes)
Jane Hague: 37.97% (13,190 votes)
John Creighton: 24.39% (8,472 votes)
Write-in: 0.37% (128 votes)

Mitchel­l’s lead over John Creighton (the third-place fin­ish­er) is now 1,966 votes. While increas­ing his lead over Creighton, he has nar­rowed the gap between him­self and Jane Hague to 2,752 votes.

Not much has changed in oth­er races in King Coun­ty, though there has been some set­tling in cer­tain con­tests. The mar­gin of approval for Ref­er­en­dum 1 in Seat­tle has dipped slight­ly, but the mea­sure is still pass­ing eas­i­ly, with 58.42% vot­ing Approve.

And in Kirk­land, polit­i­cal new­com­er Jason Gar­diner has widened his lead over right wing incum­bent Bob Ster­noff. Gar­diner now has 48.24% of the vote, to Ster­nof­f’s 45.85%. That’s pret­ty impres­sive.… though per­haps not so sur­pris­ing, con­sid­er­ing Ster­nof­f’s polit­i­cal bag­gage.

Turnout now stands at thir­ty per­cent. It will con­tin­ue to inch clos­er to forty, but the final turnout is like­ly to only be in the mid-thir­ties by our approx­i­ma­tion.

The next update is due on Mon­day after­noon.

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