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August 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Murray, McGinn appear headed for November showdown

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray are headed to a November election matchup, easily rising above a pack of rivals in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

Murray led with more than 30 percent of the vote, to McGinn’s 27 percent.

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck were vying for third place with about 16 percent each.

Battling low job-approval ratings and a pack of viable challengers, McGinn’s campaign had downplayed expectations for Tuesday’s vote, suggesting he might wind up in third place on election night.

But such worries for McGinn supporters were quickly doused Tuesday when results were posted after 8 p.m., showing the mayor comfortably in second place.

At a Capitol Hill sports bar, McGinn backers chanted “four more years” as the results flashed across TV screens and smartphones.

McGinn took the stage and declared, “Four years ago people asked how this activist got elected. They’re still asking.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve stood for,” McGinn said, citing his support for the environment and for standing up for low-wage workers. “We’re going to run a hell of a race.”

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