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August 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

McGinn campaign downplays expectations

Mayor Mike McGinn talks with undecided voters at his campaign headquarters and call center in the International District Tuesday morning. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Mayor Mike McGinn talks with undecided voters at his campaign headquarters and call center in the International District Tuesday morning. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign is downplaying expectations in advance of tonight’s batch of primary returns.

John Wyble, the mayor’s political consultant, says McGinn might not be among the top two vote-getters as of tonight, but predicts he’ll emerge from the primary after more votes are counted this week.

“I feel like this will be the low water mark for us,” Wyble said. “I think we tick up pretty dramatically toward the end.”

Wyble predicted McGinn’s younger, progressive base will vote later in the all-mail election. The mayor’s ground game, including volunteer phone banks, have been humming all week to ensure his supporters send in their ballots.

So don’t expect a concession tonight unless McGinn’s numbers are truly dismal.

Christian Sinderman, a political consultant for state Sen. Ed Murray, needled McGinn’s effort to downplay expectations, saying it was part of  the mayor’s  “comeback kid” narrative. “It kind of fits with his martyrdom complex,” he said.

Late political chatter has had Murray as one of the favorites to emerge from the primary, and his campaign sounded confident today.

But former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck may benefit from the older primary electorate and current Councilmember Bruce Harrell has reportedly seen a surge in voter support in recent days.

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