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At the 4:30 announcement today, the leaders from yesterday were all still holding position, which means most of

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Election '09: Maybe THIS Time We'll Trigger That Mayoral Race Recount

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Is it getting hot in here?
At the 4:30 announcement today, the leaders from yesterday were all still holding position, which means most of the things we declared the most important races of this year are decided. R-71 looks good to pass, I-1033 faces all-but-certain defeat, and Dow Constantine is going to be crowned King County Executive on Nov. 24. (Constantine spokesperson Sandeep Kaushik says Susan Hutchison just called to concede.)

The one big race that isn't decided, and in fact might just be getting started, is the fight to be Seattle's next mayor. Last night, Mike McGinn was holding a more than 1 percent lead over Joe Mallahan. As of today, that lead shrank to 462 votes and less than .5 percent. That puts us solidly in recount territory.

King County Elections is expecting 57 percent turnout. If that's accurate, there will be another 104,000 votes to count, so anything could happen. But as we learned in the close, early days after the primary, a machine recount in King County is automatically triggered when the vote spread is less than 2,000 votes and one-half of one percent (as it is now).

A hand recount has a much smaller threshold--150 votes and a spread less than a quarter of a percent. And remember, either campaign can ask for a recount and if it changes the outcome, the candidate doesn't have to pay for it.

All to say, if it gets any closer, we won't know the outcome of this race for awhile yet, so give it a little time before you pay out on any bets.

 
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