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November 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sawant could still beat Conlin in Seattle council race

Update | 9 p.m:

Although many have written off Kshama Sawant’s chances of an upset win, a Seattle Times analysis shows it is still possible.

Sawant, the first socialist to make it to a general election for the Seattle City Council in 22 years, now trails four-term incumbent Richard Conlin 51.53 to 48.26 percent. That translates to a 4,205-vote deficit among the 128,325 ballots that have been counted in the race.

But Sawant won 54.2 percent of the 23,430 ballots counted today — a sharp turnaround from election night, when she won 46.1 percent and Conlin won 53.6 percent.

In fact, she has increased her share of the vote in each of five vote updates (one on election night, two Wednesday and two Thursday).

It’s unclear how many ballots are still uncounted, and more are still being delivered by mail.

But a Times analysis found that Sawant likely needs to win between 53 and 54 percent of the remaining ballots to pull off the stunner.

Sawant has not conceded and said in a statement today that “this isn’t over.”

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