With less than three weeks to go before the primary, Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray lead the field in the Seattle mayoral race, according to a new KING 5 poll.
The poll finds Murray with 22 percent support to McGinn’s 21 percent — basically dead even given the poll’s 4.5 percent margin of error. The poll of 501 likely Seattle voters was conducted by Survey USA.
Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck had 14 percent support, followed by current City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at 11 percent. Rounding out the field were businessman Charlie Staadecker at 3 percent, socialist Mary Martin at 2 percent, and a trio of lesser known candidates, Kate Martin, Doug McQuaid and Joey Gray at 1 percent each. There were 25 percent who remained undecided.
The poll is good news for Murray, who climbed in support since the last KING 5 poll in May, possibly as a result of a string of high-profile endorsements. Steinbrueck dropped somewhat in the new poll, while McGinn’s support remained steady.
As KING 5 points out, it’s still too early to write any of the leading candidates off. A Survey USA poll at the same time in 2009 found then-Mayor Greg Nickels and then-City Councilmember Jan Drago atop the field, while two lesser-known candidates named Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn were seemingly far behind. Of course, it was Mallahan and McGinn who won the primary and squared off that November.
Ballots in the all-mail election have been sent, and voters have until Aug. 6 to return them.