Today, the populous counties in Washington that have Top Two elections this year published the results of their third consecutive daily ballot tabulation, bringing statewide voter turnout up to 27.94% and giving us a better sense of what the electoral landscape will look like when the returns are certified on August 15th.
Here’s a rundown of who is rising and fading based on the latest results!
Seattle City Council
- Rising: Maren Costa. Fading: Rob Saka. Costa had 29.05% of the vote on Election Night. She’s since improved to 32.95%, which is nearly a four point increase. Her closest rival, Rob Saka, has slipped to 24.2%.
- Rising: Tammy Morales. Fading: Tanya Woo. Morales had less than a majority of the vote on Election Night. Now she’s at 52.08% and has put some distance in between her candidacy and that of challenger Tanya Woo.
- Rising: Alex Hudson. Fading: Joy Hollingsworth. Hudson has pulled to within a few hundred votes of rival Joy Hollingsworth. She has 36.47%; Hollingsworth still leads with 37.11%.
- Rising: ChrisTiana ObeySumner. Fading: Nilu Jenks. The contest for second place increasingly looks like it’s going to go to ChrisTiana ObeySumner. Nilu Jenks wasn’t behind by much on Election Night, but she has slipped as counting has gone on, with ObeySumner increasing their lead. On Election Night, ObeySumner stood at 21.38%. Now, they have 24.09% of the vote. Jenks has slipped from 19.04% to 18.87%.
- Rising: Andrew Lewis. Councilmember Lewis, who represents downtown, didn’t quite have 41% of the vote on Election Night. Now he’s up to an even 43%. His reelection prospects are brightening.
- Rising: Lisa Brown. Fading: Nadine Woodward. Democratic mayoral hopeful Lisa Brown had a triumphant Election Night on Tuesday and her position has only improved since then. She went from 46.8% to 47.52% today, while incumbent Nadine Woodward has lost ground. Woodward, a Republican, had 38.66% on Tuesday and has now slid to 36.61%.
- Rising: Betsy Wilkerson. Fading: Kim Plese. Wilkerson, the top vote getter for City Council President, has also seen a bounce since Election Night. On Tuesday, her percentage was 48.07%. Now, she’s reached 49.04% of the vote. Her closest rival, Kim Plese, has slid from 36.33% to 35.84%.
- Rising: Paul Dillon. Fading: Katey Randall Treloar. Progressive Paul Dillon emerged with a plurality lead for Spokane City Council District #2, Position #1 on Election Night. He’s grown his support since then, going from 41.01% to 42.08%. His nearest rival, Katey Randall Treloar, has dipped a little. She had 33.31%; now she has 32.68%.
Redmond City Council: Positions #7 and #1
- Rising: Angie Nuevacamina. Fading: David Carson. On Election Night, incumbent David Carson, who leans to the right, was winning. But today, there was a lead change. Challenger Nuevacamina now has a slight edge over Carson, with 39.96% of the vote to Carson’s 39.28%.
- Rising: Osman Salahuddin. Osman’s dominant performance continues. On Election Night, he had two-thirds of the vote. Now he’s up to 68.35%!
King County Council: Districts #4 and #8
- Rising: Jorge L Barón. Fading: Sarah Reyneveld. Frontrunner Jorge Barón had a significant lead on Election Night, but he has since widened it, going from a plurality of 47.81% on Tuesday to a majority of 50.28% today. He’s the clear favorite in November. His fellow Democratic contender Sarah Reyneveld, meanwhile, has dipped from 30.83% to 28.94%.
- Rising: Teresa Mosqueda. Fading: Sofia Aragon. Teresa Mosqueda, a current Seattle City Councilmember, seems headed for the county level. She is earning the support of 57.39% of voters, up from 54.75% on Tuesday. Sofia Aragon, the other top two finisher, has slipped from 39.77% to 37.72%.
It’s mostly quiet in Whatcom and Snohomish Counties
Snohomish and Whatcom are the only other counties besides King and Whatcom with county level offices on the ballot this year, including for Executive.
There hasn’t been much of a change in the percentages that candidates have up in Snohomish County. 96,837 ballots had been counted as of Election Night; that figure only rose to 134,988 today. There are just 800 ballots left to count in Snohomish, according to Auditor Garth Fell’s office.
It’s a similar story in Whatcom County. 40,564 ballots had been counted as of Election Night; that figure rose to 56,451 today. There was minimal movement in key races on Wednesday and Thursday, with some minor changes in percentages, but not to the extent seen in places like Seattle or Spokane.