Progressive candidate Nicole Thomas Kennedy beat Anne Davison to become Seattle’s next prosecutor in updated reports released in Thursday’s King County election, but the more conservative Davison retained a double-digit lead.
Just over 191,000 ballots were counted in the race – roughly 41% of the city’s registered voters – Davison leads with 55% of the total vote against Thomas Kennedy’s 44%, indicating that Thomas Kennedy scored about six percentage points over hers. opponent from the moment of voting. polls are closed on Tuesday.
None of the candidates provided substantive comments on the new numbers. Don Stark, Davison’s spokesman, said the campaign simply had no way of knowing the demographics of the new votes.
Will Casey, spokesman for Thomas-Kennedy, said the candidate “continues to follow the numbers and continues to believe it is important that every vote counts.”
Davison, who declared herself a Republican last year while President Donald Trump was still in power, has pledged to support law enforcement and renew the office’s efforts to prosecute petty crimes that the administration of outgoing City Attorney Pete Holmes has abandoned. The city’s prosecutor’s office is officially non-partisan.
Thomas Kennedy, a former public defender who enjoyed the support of traditionally Democratic-oriented institutions such as labor unions, as well as attorneys and civil rights lawyers, used harsh rhetoric against police and said she supported further reductions – and eventually elimination – of arrests and prosecution for petty crimes and presented herself as a supporter of the abolition of the death penalty.
Based on traditional King County income, The Seattle Times analysis suggests that Thomas Kennedy would need two-thirds of an estimated 64,000-plus votes to catch Davison.