We are now into the second half of November, and the number of ballots remaining to be processed by county elections officials has now dwindled to 12,578 (estimated). More than three-fourths of this number are King County ballots.
King County Elections was open for business today, and released updated results this afternoon. As usual, some candidates lost ground while others gained, but no leads were surrendered in any of the close races we’re watching.
Here’s a summary:
- Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant increased her lead over incumbent City Councilmember Richard Conlin in Seattle, continuing a trend that began November 6th. Sawant is holding a victory rally tomorrow to celebrate her historic and unprecedented win.
- The gap between yes and no in SeaTac for Proposition 1 (the Good Jobs initiative) narrowed by three votes to forty-nine. There are just one hundred and ten ballots left to count in SeaTac.
- Steve Kasner gave up all of the ground he had made this week in his city council contest in Bellevue against Kevin Wallace. Wallace is now ahead by two hundred and seventeen votes. It doesn’t look like Kasner will make it.
- In Auburn, Nancy Backus remains ahead of John Partridge in the contest for mayor by only one hundred and thirty votes. Backus is losing the King County portion of Auburn, but winning big in the Pierce County portion of the city (it’s split). Consequently, she has a thin lead.
- Also in Auburn, Rich Wagner is ahead of Michelle Binetti for City Council Position #6. Like Nancy Backus, Wagner is losing in the King County part of Auburn (which constitutes most of the city) but is winning big in the Pierce County portion. He’s ahead by just sixty-four votes overall.
- In Kent, Bailey Stober remains behind Ken Sharp, who was charged with multiple counts of first degree theft earlier this year. Amazingly, Sharp has a two hundred and eighty-five vote lead over Stober, leaving us wondering if Kent voters just weren’t paying attention this year.
Ballot counting will resume on Monday and continue through the 26th, when the general election is due to be certified around Washington State.