Primary election results are a little like exhibition football games, you can't tell much by the final score. That nevertheless was an impressive vote total

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An Ab-Norm-al Race

The prosecutor's contest is, finally, just that.

Primary election results are a little like exhibition football games, you can't tell much by the final score. That nevertheless was an impressive vote total by Democrat Bill Sherman in his bid to become King County Prosecutor. He pulled in 55,000 votes Tuesday, while Republican interim Prosecutor Dan Satterberg tallied 49,000. They'll face off in November. Satterberg was unopposed in the primary and it's difficult to guess how many additional Republican voters might support him. But there were 32,000 more from Sherman's party - those who voted for his losing Demo challenger Keith Scully Tuesday - who arguably would support Sherman in November. The final exhibition score is thus 49,000 Republican votes and 87,000 Democratic votes, theoretically leaving Satterberg to overcome a 38,000-vote gap here in Leftyland. The figures may be meaningless: general elections can bring out ten times the voters - the man Satterberg and Sherman hope to replace, the late Norm Maleng, unchallenged, won the 2006 general with 418,000 votes. And positions will be better defined - Sherman will make his case for changing the system, while Satterberg, Maleng's longtime chief of staff, will argue he's less likely to politicize the office. But, after Maleng was opposed only twice in eight campaigns over 28 years, the prosecutor's race at least has runners again.

 
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