Sunday, January 29, 2023

Bruce Harrell appears to be on his way to winning the Seattle mayor race with the most votes tallied in King County.

Bruce Harrell appeared to be on his way to victory in the race for Seattle mayors with additional votes counted Wednesday in the city and in local competitions across the area.

Some 46,000 more ballots were counted in King County, including about 21,000 in Seattle, making a small change in the new political landscape that began to appear shortly after Tuesday’s voting deadline.

Seattle has at least 95,000 ballots yet to be counted, with major totals likely on Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday, Harrell kept a 29 percentage points behind M. Lorena Gonzalez. He now has 64% of the vote, up from 65% on election night.

Gonzalez demanded 38% of the ballots counted on Wednesday. She probably needs to get two-thirds of the remaining votes to catch up with Harrell, according to a Seattle Times analysis.

In the political context of Seattle, Gonzalez ran as a self-proclaimed progressive, and Harrell as a more moderate.

In recent years, after election night, Seattle’s results have shifted 12 percentage points for left-wing candidates, with younger supporters returning their ballots later. However, none of them scored 30 points.

Other races in Seattle

According to King County election data, voter turnout reached 39% in King County and 50% in Seattle.

In the Seattle City Attorney Race, Anne Davison continues to lead with Nicole Thomas Kennedy at 58%, down a percentage point from Tuesday. Thomas Kennedy received 45% of the ballots counted on Wednesday.

In the race for 8th place in Seattle’s city council, incumbent Teresa Mosqueda increased her lead on election night over Kenneth Wilson from 52% to 53%.

In the race for 9th place on the council, Sarah Nelson continues to lead with Nikkita Oliver with 60%, down by less than a percentage point from the night after the election. Oliver won 43% of the ballots counted on Wednesday.

King county

In the race to become King of King County, incumbent President Constantine Dow overtook Joe Nguyen with 57%, as he did on Tuesday night.

In a successful King County Council race, incumbent President Katie Lambert is still 11 percentage points behind Sarah Perry.

Four other councilors – Rod Dembowski, Reagan Dunn, Dave Uptegrove and Pete von Reichbauer – held a significant lead over their rivals on Wednesday.

Seattle Port

Acting Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins continued on his way to defeat Norman Sigler. He retained 73% of the vote in their race on Wednesday.

Current President Stephanie Bowman is now ahead of Hamdi Mohamed with just 4,020 votes, with Mohamed slightly closing Bowman’s slight lead.

Meanwhile, Toshiko Grace Hasegawa took the lead with 275 points against Peter Steinbrück on Wednesday, breaking Steinbrück’s narrow lead on Tuesday night.


In Bellevue, Mayor Lynn Robinson continues to lead Dr. Gina Johnson to sixth position on the city council with 70%.

The current Council President, Konrad Lee, continues to lead Dexter Borbe in the run for 2nd place with 56%.

Deputy Mayor Jared Newvenhays continues to lead Ruth Lipscomb’s fourth race with 58%.

Bellevue councilors elect between themselves a mayor and a deputy mayor every two years.

Data journalist Manuel Villa contributed to this report.

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