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Politics Northwest

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

August 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Vote tallies remain virtually unchanged in Seattle mayoral, council races after Wednesday’s ballot drop

Results in Seattle’s mayoral primary contest remained virtually unchanged after the latest ballot counts Wednesday.

State Sen. Ed Murray is still holding more than 30 percent of the vote, with incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn’s tally creeping above 27.5 percent – about four tenths of a percent higher than where he stood after Tuesday’s counts.

In all, Murray so far has tallied 33,585 votes to McGinn’s 30,584 votes.

Former Seattle City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck and Bruce Harrell continued to run a distant third and fourth place, with each still garnering more than 16 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Steinbrueck, who declined to concede the race late Tuesday, softened his position early Wednesday.  Though he’d not officially thrown in the towel yet, Steinbrueck had called both Murray and McGinn to congratulate them.

In the Seattle City Council Pos. 2 contest, incumbent Councilman Richard Conlin’s vote count fell to below 49 percent on Wednesday, as his general election challengerm Kshama Sawant, climbed to nearly 34 percent of total votes counted so far. In all, Sawant, who is running as a Socialist Alternative, has garnered 33,520 votes. Conlin has 48,586.

Wednesday’s results include votes from about 18,000 more ballots counted since Tuesday’s primary deadline for submitting ballots.  In all, King County Elections officials have tallied 112,880 votes in Seattle city races as of Wednesday.  Officials will continue to count ballots until the primary election is certified on Aug. 20.

Full results can be found here.

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