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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

May 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

KING 5 poll: McGinn, Murray and Steinbrueck lead tight race for mayor

A new KING 5 poll finds Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn with 22 percent support for re-election, with a trio of rivals scrapping to emerge as his leading challenger.

The SurveyUSA poll of 552 registered voters was conducted over the weekend — just after city Councilmember Tim Burgess announced his withdrawal from the race.

Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck placed second in the poll, with 17 percent support, followed closely by state Sen. Ed Murray at 15 percent, and city Councilmember Bruce Harrell at 12 percent. Stragglers included businessman Charlie Staadecker (4 percent), Greenwood activist Kate Martin (4 percent) and socialist Mary Martin (3 percent). The poll found 23 percent of voters are undecided.

Considering the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent, McGinn’s top challengers are bunched too tightly to draw firm conclusions.

But at first glance, the results appear to be good news for Steinbrueck, who rose in the field of challengers compared with a previous KING 5 poll in March.

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