Seattle City Council challenger Kshama Sawant increased her lead over four-term incumbent Richard Conlin in updated vote totals Thursday afternoon.
Sawant led Conlin by 1,148 votes, up from 402 yesterday. The 41-year-old, who would be the first socialist on the nonpartisan council in recent memory, was at 50.2 percent compared to Conlin’s 49.5 percent.
That puts her out of the range of an automatic machine recount, which is triggered in races when the vote difference is less than 0.5 percent and less than 2,000 votes.
The updated results continued a remarkable turnaround for Sawant, who on election night was carrying just 46.1 percent of the vote but has steadily gained ground since.
On Thursday, she won 55.4 percent of the 5,646 ballots counted in the race.