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August 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Harrell reacts to disappointing counts in Seattle mayor’s race

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, his wife Joanne, center, and his children Adam and Joyce, bottom and top left, react to seeing Harrell's numbers with 16 percent of the vote at the Mount Baker Community Center in Seattle on Tuesday evening. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, his wife, Joanne, center, and his children Adam and Joyce, bottom and top left, react to seeing Harrell’s numbers with 16 percent of the ballots counted. The Harrells and their supporters were at the Mount Baker Community Center in Seattle on Tuesday evening. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Times staff writer Lornet Turnbull filed this report from Bruce Harrell’s campaign headquarters:

A pall fell over the room as the results flashed on a screen, showing Harrell in fourth place. A disappointed Harrell reminded his supporters that he’s still in office and isn’t going anywhere. He said, “I’ve never lost a race so I’m a little short of words. I’m never at a loss for words.”

In the end he said he had fun.

“It was a great race and I think my message resonated.” He said he believes the result show that voters “want change and a new mayor, too.”

“Murray is doing well.  He has a lot of money behind his campaign.”

He said he met many people on Tuesday who weren’t aware the ballots were due today.

“I continue to think many voters are low informed. They didn’t have a great opportunity to know one (candidate) from another.”

Murray has been in office a long time and McGinn’s the incumbent.”

Asked about a future run, Harrell said he takes one race at a time and hadn’t thought about what he would do if he lost.

He said, “I certainly have a promising political career ahead of me, so I’ve not ruled out any possibilities.”

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