Less than an hour ago, King County Elections updated unofficial results for the August 16th winnowing election with a batch of freshly-tabulated ballots. The new numbers confirm that Richard Mitchell will be moving on to the general election with Jane Hague in the 6th County Council district race, as we projected yesterday. Here’s how the race looks now:
Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: 34019⁄121139 (28.08%)
Patsy Bonincontri: 7.17% (2,299 votes)
Richard E. Mitchell: 29.68% (9,522 votes)
Jane Hague: 38.33% (12,295 votes)
John Creighton: 24.51% (7,862 votes)
Write-in: 0.31% (101 votes)
As of this afternoon, Richard Mitchell is now ahead of John Creighton by 1,660 votes, up from 1,225 yesterday. He is also continuing to inch closer to Jane Hague, with 29.68% of the vote, up from 29.06% yesterday.
Mitchell’s campaign declared victory yesterday evening, but Creighton and his team waited until this afternoon to concede. Creighton had confidently predicted that he would overtake Mitchell and advance to the general election around lunchtime yesterday, but a few minutes ago, he admitted defeat.
I have been blessed to have been chosen by the voters twice to represent them on the Seattle Port Commission, and know that you win some and you lose some in politics. Despite losing, I am extremely proud of my campaign team and the campaign we ran, focusing on the issues that matter to voters. I want to thank my many volunteers and supporters who gave generously their time, effort and resources to the campaign. I look forward to continuing representing King County residents and working on important regional issues as a Seattle port commissioner.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on this race in the days ahead. It’ll be interesting to see how far apart Richard Mitchell and Jane Hague are when the results are certified and become official. The spread may only be six or seven percentage points.