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November 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Murray accuses McGinn campaign of cyberbullying and harassment

We must be in the final days of Seattle’s mayoral race. State Sen. Ed Murray held his second news conference in 24 hours Saturday morning, responding to last-minute campaign maneuvering by Mayor Mike McGinn and his supporters. They caused a stir online this week, reacting to a Washington Post story about Murray’s campaign contributions from Comcast and…

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October 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

McGinn and Murray tangle over gender pay gap, education funding

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray trod well worn ground for much of the second televised mayoral debate Saturday night on KOMO 4. But there were fireworks when the rivals got to directly interrogate one another on perceived leadership flaws.

For much of the hourlong debate, McGinn smiled at the camera and made a case that — despite what his critics would have you believe — he’s been a good listener in his first term. And he said he has racked up accomplishments, such as an overall low crime rate and a growing local economy, that merit another four years.

Murray, who spoke in calm, flat tones even when delivering his most aggressive attacks, said Seattle is ready for a politically experienced mayor who will work with the City Council instead of fighting it. His answers throughout the night showed, Murray clearly came to the event with a strategy to appeal to female voters and neighborhoods worried about growth.

Once again, actual policy distinctions were hard to come by. McGinn and Murray clashed the hardest in the middle of the debate when each was allowed to ask the other a question. Both punched at sore spots, revealing what they believed to be leadership flaws they believe might sway voters in the few weeks remaining in the 2013 mayoral race.

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September 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

KING 5 poll: Murray with big lead on McGinn in mayoral race

Updated at 1:25 p.m. with comment from Mayor McGinn via Times reporter Lynn Thompson.

A new KING 5 poll shows Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn badly trailing challenger Ed Murray in the mayor’s race.

Murray leads with 52 percent support, compared with 30 percent for McGinn, according to the poll of 503 likely voters conducted by SurveyUSA.

John Wyble, a consultant for the McGinn campaign, took issue with the poll, suggesting the mayor was in better shape than it showed. For example, Wyble noted only 10 percent of the poll sample was cell phones versus 90 percent land lines. I think we are behind but it’s much closer than this poll suggests,” Wyble said in an email.

Asked about the poll at a news conference Monday morning, McGinn downplayed the numbers, saying they don’t reflect his support among communities of color and low-wage workers. ”This is why you run races,” McGinn said. “At the end of the day, it will be the voters who make the decision.”

A 22-point lead in the poll is obviously good news for Murray, but his campaign also was quick to express caution.

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August 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Final primary turnout in King County a meager 29 percent

Maybe they were bored, or distracted by summer vacation. Whatever the cause, most voters in King County sat out the recent primary election. Just 29 percent of the county’s 1.2 million registered voters returned ballots in the Aug. 6 election, according to King County Elections, which certified the final election results Tuesday. Statewide turnout was…

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July 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Seattle’s mayoral primary forecast: sparse turnout, older voters

Seattle’s mayoral primary is just around the corner. Ballots will be mailed on July 17 for the Aug. 6 election. But how many voters will take a break from our short season of sunshine and festivals to participate? Look for turnout to be relatively low  – and dominated by older voters. King County Elections is unofficially estimating a…

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July 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Ed Murray touts gay-marriage law in first TV ad

State Sen. Ed Murray is launching his first TV ad of the mayoral race — a positive biographical sketch of his career as a legislator. Opening with a shots of President John F. Kennedy, Murray says his parents were inspired by Kennedy and with the idea they could make a difference. “When I realized I was…

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July 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM

McGinn and Harrell launch first TV ads in Seattle mayoral race

The first cable-TV ads of the Seattle mayoral race are out — dueling spots from Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Harrell’s spot opens with a dark image of Seattle and McGinn. As the picture crumbles, Harrell intones, “Our current mayor has failed and fractured our city.” The ad then segues into a heroic bio…

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June 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Ed Murray lands endorsements from business and environmental groups

State Sen. Ed Murray grabbed two key endorsements Wednesday for his mayoral campaign. Washington Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental group, lauded Murray’s 94 percent voting record on its scorecard during his time in the Legislature. Brendon Cechovic, WCV’s executive director, said Murray’s “proven leadership skills” set him apart in a field of generally green candidates. (WCV…

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June 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

McGinn campaign makes first TV ad buy of mayor’s race

The Seattle mayor’s race is heading to the small screen. Mayor Mike McGinn’s re-election campaign has locked in $24,300 in cable television ads — the first candidate to make a TV buy ahead of the Aug. 6 mayoral primary. The 30-second ads will run on a variety of cable channels from July 5 to Aug. 5, according…

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June 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Murray gets West Seattle Democrats nod; McGinn confronts Fitzgibbon

State Sen. Ed Murray notched a sole endorsement for his mayoral bid from the 34th District Democrats in West Seattle Wednesday night, beating out Mayor Mike McGinn after two rounds of voting. A first round of balloting saw McGinn and Murray rise to the top of the field, ahead of the other mayoral candidates who showed…

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