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November 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Murray: ‘We’re here tonight to declare victory’ in mayor’s race

State Sen. Ed Murray’s promise of a more collaborative leadership style carried him to victory Tuesday night, as voters signaled they were fed up with four years of Mayor Mike McGinn’s political brawls. Murray grabbed a commanding 56 percent of the votes counted on election night, compared with 43 percent for McGinn. At a…

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October 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

No on 522 breaks fundraising record for Washington initiative campaigns

First, it smashed the record for fundraising by a campaign opposing a statewide ballot measure.

Now, No on 522 holds the title for most money raised by any initiative campaign in Washington state history, period.

Bankrolled by out-of-state biochemical corporations and food industry heavyweights, the campaign trying to defeat GMO labeling Initiative 522 on Saturday broke the $21 million mark in total contributions, the latest campaign reports to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) show.

In the process, the No camp surpassed Washington’s previous high mark of money raised by any initiative campaign.  The old record — set in 2011 by Costco-backed supporters of the liquor-privatizing Initiative 1183 — was $20.1 million.

The No on 522 campaign reached record ground fueled by last week’s contributions of $3.8 million from the food-industry PAC the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and $460,000 from biochemical giant Dupont Pioneer.

With $11 million in cash contributions so far, the GMA remains the No campaign’s top donor.  The food-industry group — financed by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills, NestleUSA and Conagra Foods among others — only revealed its own funders this month after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued it for campaign disclosure violations.

Other top donors to the No campaign include Monsanto ($4.8 million), DuPont Pioneer ($3.9 million), Bayer Cropscience and Dow Agrosciences ($592,000 each).

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October 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Elway Poll: Support for GMO-labeling I-522 clings to lead, but momentum has shifted

Initiative 522 – the statewide ballot measure to require labeling of genetically engineered foods –  is clinging to a slight lead heading into the final two weeks before Election Day.

But momentum has clearly shifted against the measure, thanks to a barrage of opposition advertisements over the last month.

Or so says Seattle pollster Stuart Elway, whose latest poll on the Washington initiative has I-522 winning 46 to 42 percent, with still 12 percent of voters undecided.

“If you were calling it today, you’d say it’s still going to pass,” Elway said Monday. “But the momentum shift — how’s that going to play out?  And, it’s still within the margin of error.”

I-522’s four-point advantage falls within the poll’s margin of error of 5 percent, meaning the race is too close to call.

Campaign officials on either side of the measure touted Elway’s latest polling.

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October 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

No on 522 campaign shatters state fundraising record for ballot measures

Foes of Initiative 522 – the ballot measure seeking to require labels on genetically engineered foods — still have more than a month to go before they’ll know whether their anti-labeling arguments will prevail at the ballot box. But already, they’ve won top honors in at least one Washington election category: Raising money against a statewide…

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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…

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August 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Primary election night round-up: Seattle mayor’s race headlines initial count with few surprises

Compiled from staff reports

State Sen. Ed Murray and incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn emerged from a crowded primary field Tuesday and appear headed for a General Election showdown come November.

Seattle’s mayoral frontrunners headlined a primary election ballot in King County with few surprises after initial ballot counts Tuesday.

Murray, who garnered more than 30 percent of Tuesday’s counts, is leading McGinn by nearly three percentage points with still about half of all votes to be tallied.

Murray, speaking to supporters at the Crocodile Cafe late Tuesday, said the real race had only just begun.

“One thing is clear from today’s results: The people of Seattle want new leadership,” he said.

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August 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Harrell reacts to disappointing counts in Seattle mayor’s race

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…

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