New numbers released Wednesday afternoon show environmentalist attorney Mike McGinn' lead over T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan in the race to be Seattle's next mayor is shrinking.Howie P.S.: More details about how the votes are being counted here: "McGinn still leads Mallahan, barely" (seattlepi.com). For more details in how both campaigns turned out late voters and some analysis of Wednesday's count, see "Only 462 votes separate candidates in mayor's race" (Seattle Times). Eye-popping quote from the Times story: "King County Elections has counted about 105,000 votes, about half the expected total."
With 47% of the expected vote counted, the numbers show McGinn leading with a mere 462 votes at 49.77% with 52,238 votes, while Mallahan has 49.33% at 51,776 . About 105,000 votes have been counted. McGinn led by 910 votes on Tuesday night.The biggest difference in where the candidates stood on the plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. Mallahan supported it, while McGinn based his campaign on opposing it.
Some pointed to McGinn's apparent flip flop on his opposition to the tunnel, as a critical turning point in the campaign. McGinn changed from outright opposition to saying he wouldn't oppose the tunnel, but would continue to ask tough questions about the project.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
"Mallahan, McGinn neck and neck in Seattle mayor race"(only half the votes have been counted)