Moments ago, King County Elections updated last night’s returns to reflect newly tabulated ballots. The updated figures show Democrat Richard Mitchell gaining ground in the contest for King County Council District #6, with all of his rivals — incumbent Republican Jane Hague included — losing ground.
Mitchell’s percentage of the vote went from 27.87% to 29.06% in less than twenty-four hours. His lead over John Creighton, the third-place finisher, is nearly twice what it was last night in actual votes (1,225 instead of 625).
The complete numbers:
Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: * 29432⁄121139 (24.30%)
Patsy Bonincontri: 7.16% (1,986 votes)
Richard E. Mitchell: 29.06% (8,059 votes)
Jane Hague: 38.78% (10,754 votes)
John Creighton: 24.64% (6,834 votes)
Write-in: 0.36% (100 votes)
Creighton’s campaign had held out hope that they would be able to overcome Mitchell and capture the second place spot. In a statement posted to his website earlier today, Creighton described the race as “virtually tied”, and added:
It is my belief that the swing voters that cast their ballot in the final weekend of the election will break strongly in my favor and we will advance to defeat Jane Hague in November. Our goal has always been to dethrone the 17-year incumbent. It is my belief that I am the only candidate that can achieve this goal – I expect the returns in the next 48 hours will give me that opportunity.
So far, the opposite is happening: Later ballots are breaking even more strongly in favor of Richard Mitchell than earlier ballots, putting Mitchell closer to incumbent Jane Hague and further ahead of John Creighton.
Given the trend we’re seeing, it’s a safe bet that Mitchell is headed to the general election. If Mitchell continues to improve his showing at today’s pace, he should crack 30% of the vote tomorrow.