Talk about a razor-thin race: In the contest for Seattle City Council, District #1, Top Two finalists Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock are now separated by a mere six votes — out of over twenty-two thousand cast! That’s a margin of one household.
Take a look at the numbers following the latest tabulation:
City of Seattle Council District No. 1
(Precincts ( 151/ 151 )
Lisa Herbold: 49.70% (11,522)
Shannon Braddock: 49.73% (11,528 votes)
Write-in: 0.57% (133 votes)
The trend in the late ballots has been for Herbold, so there’s a good chance she overtakes Braddock tomorrow. But there simply aren’t all that many ballots left to count now, one week after Election Day, and this race may go to a recount.
Herbold and Braddock both have a significant degree of legislative experience, and each ran a strong campaign. Herbold has worked for Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata for many years; Braddock has worked for King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Both are respected and well liked in West Seattle.
“Agonizing!” wrote former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, in a Facebook posting commenting on the tight race. He reflected: “I was in a couple of cliffhangers. I emerged victorious a week after election day in 2001 over Mark Sidran and the other came up a bit short in 1997 to Charlie Chong. No idea how this one will turn out but I am very appreciative that these two strong women ran effective campaigns, gave it everything they have and however it turns out Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold should be very proud of their efforts.”
This was a close race on Election Night and it has remained so. Braddock did build a more comfortable lead on the second day of counting, but that has simply evaporated. Take a look at how the results have evolved:
The next count will be released in forty-eight hours, owing to tomorrow being Veterans Day. Both the Herbold and Braddock campaigns will no doubt be chasing ballots over the next two weeks, looking to ensure their supporters’ votes are counted ahead of certification on November 24th.