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: 36786⁄121139 (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.