Election 2013 update: Ed Murray leads for Seattle Mayor; incumbents lead in City Council results

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Though this was published Tuesday night, you can still get the NEWEST results at any point afterward, by clicking the headline for each race*

(ADDEDKIRO-TV raw video of Ed Murray’s speech after 1st round of results)
UPDATE, 8:15 PM: The first numbers are in. Ed Murray has a big lead in the Seattle Mayor’s race; incumbents are leading in the City Council races. Results below.

UPDATE, 8:30 PM: Citywide reporters say Mayor McGinn is conceding. (Or something similar to it.)

Mike McGinn 43 percent
Ed Murray 56 percent

Richard Conlin 54 percent
Kshama Sawant 46 percent

Sally Bagshaw 83 percent
Sam Bellomio 16 percent

Edwin Fruit 12 percent
Nick Licata 87 percent

Mike O’Brien 64 percent
Albert Shen 35 percent

Next round of results, Wednesday around 4:30 pm. See separate WSB stories for other results.

33 Replies to "Election 2013 update: Ed Murray leads for Seattle Mayor; incumbents lead in City Council results"

  • Homey November 5, 2013 (9:02 pm)

    Audios McShwinny!!

  • AmandaKH November 5, 2013 (9:27 pm)

    Why would anyone who is within 10 percentage points concede already? That’s just silly.

  • Last53BusRider November 5, 2013 (9:30 pm)

    Sounds like McGinn is “on his bike” – as they say in England:)

  • Cwit November 5, 2013 (9:56 pm)

    Videos McSchwinny!!

  • ws gal November 5, 2013 (10:01 pm)

    Awesome- Last53bus rider, Lol, that I will be saying tomorrow! ;) o

  • John November 5, 2013 (10:03 pm)

    Congrats to Ed Murray! I’m looking forward to someone who can bring people together to help advance Seattle forward (and hopefully remove all those bike lanes that are causing long traffic backups).

  • Cait November 5, 2013 (10:43 pm)

    Yessss. Seeya later, McGinn. And take all your damn share-ohs with you.

  • dsa November 5, 2013 (10:49 pm)

    Did Murray ever say there were too many bike lanes? All I heard was he was in favor of a balanced transportation system.

  • Maria November 5, 2013 (10:55 pm)

    @John: What? A bike lane has never caused me to be in a backup, just those other cars in front of me as we all get constricted onto the bridges. You can hurry all you want down Fauntleroy, but if you are talking about getting out of West Seattle the bike lanes aren’t my issue. Same with any other arterial bike route — it may slow you down, but it isn’t the cause of backups. Think about it.

  • Cranky Westie November 5, 2013 (11:00 pm)

    Good riddance Mayor McBeard! Down with your new world order of hyper intelligent coyote hybrids and the the Pad Thai flavored Trader Joe’s toothpaste and all that the icky world of Beard centric politics represents! I voted for Bill Murray based on the wonderful “Ghostbusters” films (I have them on VHS!) I also feel that having a former Saturday Night Live star as mayor will satisfy the poor lifeless corpse of John Keister , who haunts our Television (I have a magnavox!) so that his soul may rest. Viva BIll Murray! He also promised to help fund my Kickstarter project of a 5 part , 9 hour documentary based on the history of the eight count “Burpee” used in my Junior High PE class. It is an an emotional story for me as I can directly trace my profound interest in philosophy and potato salad to my exposure to the eight count burpee as a tender youth. I certainly love the political system.

  • trick November 5, 2013 (11:43 pm)


  • DarkHawke November 6, 2013 (3:08 am)

    Well, I hope y’all that touted Murray are right. Me, didn’t see much difference between the two. How goes the line: “second verse, same as the first; a little bit louder, a little bit worse?” I held my nose and voted for the devil I know. Here’s to the devil I don’t know actually being better.

  • cj November 6, 2013 (6:13 am)

    My big concern about Murry is that he had all those big name supporters who forked out large sums of money. Including Comcast with a vested interest in holding on to their exclusive cable rights provided by previous mayor Nickels. I hope he turns out to have more integrity than some of his supporters are hoping for. Congrats Mayor Murry.

  • Bye bye mcginn November 6, 2013 (6:54 am)

    The new bike lanes on Avalon have caused a back up every morning now that there is no right hand turn lane

  • sam-c November 6, 2013 (7:16 am)

    Maria- no, bicycles don’t hold up traffic, obviously. but when you take out travel lanes / right turn lanes in order to install bike lanes in various locations, it does cause traffic back ups. ie, 35th and Avalon.

  • Cranky Westie November 6, 2013 (7:22 am)

    I just re-watched “Ghostbusters II” (VHS). We did not in fact elect Bill Murray. We are doomed. Also the second act of “Ghostbusters II” is weaker than I remembered and the performances sort of flat. Politics is a fickle mistress.

  • phil dirt November 6, 2013 (7:58 am)

    Elections in the People’s Republic of Seattle usually boil down to a choice between the bad and the ugly. I flipped a coin and still didn’t like the choice. So, I did like I usually do and voted against the incumbent.

  • East Coast Cynic November 6, 2013 (8:44 am)

    Bike Lanes slowing traffic? More like more people living in West Seattle commuting out during the rush hours and an outdated transit infrastructure that has not been updated all that much.

    I do notice bus lanes on Avalon and Rapid Ride pit stops that have taken lanes away from cars, but I don’t see enough bike traffic to have any significant impact on WS commutes.

    Pray tell what kind of balanced approach for transit does Mayor Kumbaya have in mind for West Seattle? Any right of way Light Rail?

  • Tony S November 6, 2013 (8:56 am)

    More attention to funds for road repair and re-paving, please.

  • wscommuter November 6, 2013 (9:43 am)

    AmandaKH – being 10 points behind is a landslide. It means that to win, you have to more than double that deficit to catch up. Given that these numbers represented 43% of the vote at that time, that’s why McG. is toast. Thankfully.

    My hope/expectation is that the difference with Mayor Murray will be an ability to work with the City Council productively, rather than the juvenile antics of his predecessor that just antagonized the process. We’ll see.

  • chuck and sally's van man November 6, 2013 (9:49 am)

    I love it. Gun free zones voted out. McShwinn free zone voted in on a landslide.

    Too bad the city had to pay for all his self-interest gun initiatives. What a clown.

    See ya!

  • West Seattle since 1979 November 6, 2013 (10:06 am)

    We need a better transit system, including light rail, with more frequent service so that more people are able to use it. I realize some people have to use cars for various reasons, but better, faster and more frequent transit would be used by many people who don’t need to take their cars to work. This would free up road space for people who do need to use cars.

  • AmandaKH November 6, 2013 (10:43 am)

    They released totals for 90,000 votes at 9:00. There are 635,000 people in Seattle. The 2012 election had an 83% turn out. I myself mailed my ballot Monday, and it wasn’t showing as counted at 10:30 last night (you can track it!). And people mailed them yesterday. I just don’t think anyone should concede in a close enough race with only a potential fraction of ballots counted.

  • Sea November 6, 2013 (11:25 am)

    This is no doubt a popular outcome for highly conservative West Seattle. Sad that boondock politics are invading the city.

  • CandrewB November 6, 2013 (12:04 pm)

    Oh you ain’t seen nothing yet Sea. With District elections, the City will now have to pay attention to ours and other boondocks. All kinds of people who “can’t do for themselves or get with the times” in Magnolia, Crown Hill, Lake City, Arbor Heights, etc… 11th and Pine lost a lot of clout yesterday.

  • Carol O. November 6, 2013 (12:20 pm)

    Highly conservative West Seattle Sea? That doesn’t even make sense. Not according to the voting polls.

  • Diane November 6, 2013 (1:54 pm)

    yes, 10% is a landslide; and actually Murray was 13% ahead last night; Seattle pop may be 635k, but registered voters about 400K; all the “experts” predicted 57% turnout; so yeah, McGinn would need to get HUGE majority of remaining votes to have a chance; and he knows that; he was very gracious last night; I really look forward to McGinn serving our city in other capacities
    City of Seattle; “active registered voters” 410,373; last night “ballots returned” 136,816; “ballots ready for counting” 132,496
    if the experts are correct about 57% voter turnout; there will only be 233k total votes
    total votes counted for Mayor last night = 90823; that would be 39% of 233k predicted total votes
    there’s only 7% difference between Kshama Sawant and Richard Conlin, so maybe chance of her getting more % today; she made VERY impressive showing
    I dropped my ballot at WS Stadium drop-box Monday; via ballot tracker, last night mine was not received; today it is; “We have received your ballot, your signature has been verified, and your ballot will be counted”

    • WSB November 6, 2013 (1:59 pm)

      Thanks, Diane. I just checked – we dropped our ballots off at the stadium dropbox too, and the tracker says mine’s been received, signature verified. (A couple elections ago, my signature was challenged and my vote didn’t count because I never took the time to try to fix it … when you sign those mail-in ballots, be sure to write as clearly as you can!) Anyway, I am a firm believer in “it’s not over until it’s over.” HOWEVER – in elections – it used to be, when it was a mix of in-person and mail-in voting, the mail-in people tended to be not representative of the entire electorate. Since King County went all-mail, it has changed and while the results might change in a very close vote – say a 51-49 split – anything more and it’s highly unlikely the result will change. That said, again, it’ll be a few weeks until the final ballot is counted …

  • Diane November 6, 2013 (4:58 pm)

    4:30 results

    98442 total city council Sawant/Conlin/write-in votes counted

    Sawant up 1%, now 6% difference

    108350 total mayoral votes counted

    McGinn up 1%, now 12% difference

    • WSB November 6, 2013 (5:10 pm)

      There will be another round of results around 8:30 pm, per King County Elections. Same links for results as last night (in our stories, all the headlines/titles). – TR

  • West Seattle Hipster November 6, 2013 (6:52 pm)

    Glad the election is over, now hopefully the winners and losers will remove their campaign signs from public property.

  • Robert November 8, 2013 (8:02 am)

    MAYBE now the engineer? that designed the bus stop on barton will figure out he had the blueprint reversed the bus should be in a PULL OUT not stop in the only lane of traffic, while he loads and unloads passengers. I am suprised that no one has been run over trying to get across the road.at the crossing.BUSSES BLOCKING VIEW OF CROSSWALK..

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