WEST SEATTLE ELECTION NIGHT 2016: Watching the presidential race; last-minute local voting

6:38 PM: Our Election Night headquarters this year is Admiral Bird, which took reservations for its cozy space and is filling up.


Results have been on the big screen here for almost an hour and a half. “If anything is certain about tonight, it’s uncertainty,” said one of the CBS anchors just now. A moment later, CBS called Connecticut for Democrat Hillary Clinton, and a cheer erupted – first one of the night. We’ll have updates from here and from the West Seattle ballot dropbox, where WSB photojournalist Leda Costa is stationed as the 8 pm voting deadline approaches. (added) Jon sent this photo of daughter Sydney “helping me vote!”

6:50 PM: If you’re looking for somewhere to watch – we just checked a couple nearby spots; nobody at the West Seattle Library (2306 42nd SW), which has results on until 7:45, and not many at Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way).

7:02 PM: “White-knuckles kind of night,” declares another CBS anchor, suggesting people are drinking. Yes, here at Admiral Bird, where wine and beer are offered as well as coffee, and it’s a pro-Clinton crowd, they are. Meantime, LOTS of voting. Leda sends this photo of an overflow bag, brought in after the dropbox has already had to be emptied twice today:


7:50 PM: A few minutes ago, the 15-minute warning was sounded at the dropbox:

As for the race, Trump has retained the electoral edge. The pro-Clinton crowd here has cheered when there was a reason to, such as the recent call of Colorado in her corner:

Minutes left to get your ballot in. And we’ll get local results – which we’ll publish separately – within half an hour or so.

8:02 PM: More cheers as projections came in with the West Coast poll closings.

8:22 PM: King County’s results release has been delayed. Meantime, here’s the countdown from the West Seattle dropbox at the top of the hour:

Here at Admiral Bird, the big screen remains on CBS and the current estimated electoral-vote count is 197 Clinton, 193 Trump, with some major states as-yet-uncalled.

8:29 PM: Local TV has put up some early numbers in the statewide races but with conversation continuing to buzz, few realize that those numbers include no King County results yet. Meantime, CBS has called Florida for Trump, who is back in the electoral lead, 222-197. “This night has gone much differently than anyone has predicted,” says an anchor. Meanwhile, a TV photographer has showed up here.

8:40 PM: “I don’t understand how it’s this close,” says one of the 25-plus people here. Meantime, the one person in the room who seems oblivious to what’s unfolding on screen is many years away from voting:


On screen now, Trump 227 electoral votes, Clinton 197.

9:02 PM: The King County votes are finally tallied in a readable way – so we’re tracking the local and statewide races/measures here.

9:16 PM: The presidential race hasn’t yet been called; Trump 244, Clinton 209, is the current count. The CBS anchors also have shown a number suggesting the financial markets are not happy about it. “Holy s–t!” is the exclamation here, in reaction to that. Some have gone home.

9:30 PM: Two rounds of cheering, but not related to the presidential race – they cheered reports that Pramila Jayapal has won the 7th Congressional District seat, and that Sound Transit 3, set to bring light rail to West Seattle in 2030, is winning. Meantime, the electoral tally is 244 Trump, 215 Clinton.

10:02 PM: The electoral #’s haven’t changed (if you’ve lost track, 270 is required to win). A local TV cut-in brought a brief glimpse of Governor Inslee, who’s winning re-election tonight, and that sparked a cheer among the remaining partygoers here at Admiral Bird.

10:21 PM: Another couple comes up to the bar at the Bird, where we’ve been sitting. Going home, they say. “Going to sleep?” they’re asked. “Probably not” is the reply.

10:40 PM: Someone just walked in, saying she didn’t want to be sad by herself. The CBS people on the TV keep pointing out how late it is, Eastern time, and wondering what’s holding things up – “absentee ballots?” asks one.

10:46 PM: Next to us at the Bird bar, a woman talks of a friend or relative whose 6-year-old half-Latino child is worried, saying that “Trump hates Mexicans, and I’m half Mexican.” The sadness is palpably mixed with fear.

11:40 PM: After six hours, the laptop died and we headed back to HQ, right after a Clinton campaign official told her supporters to go home, that she wouldn’t have anything to say tonight. Donald Trump, meantime, is expected to speak sometime soon. We’re watching NBC, which says Clinton has called Trump to concede.

16 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ELECTION NIGHT 2016: Watching the presidential race; last-minute local voting"

  • West Seattle Hipster November 8, 2016 (6:44 pm)

    If the preliminary indications hold up, Canada is about to experience a population surge.

    • Jon November 9, 2016 (3:07 am)

      It’s actually remarkably difficult to get a Canadian Citizenship. Liberals always seem to assume that it’s just like packing up and moving between states because you’re angry, but — it’s just not the case. There is a points system and you must be working under a trade in which they are actively looking to fill. You have a tally of points depending on their criteria, and even then, having a big enough number doesn’t guarantee your immigration status. They also expect you to have a significant amount in savings and are fairly discriminatory with who they allow to become a citizen, let alone a PR.

      “Upset Gender Studies Major” is regrettably not one of the wanted occupations. So, godspeed to everyone threatening to bolt over social media — it’s not as easy as you seem to think it is.

      People in California are threatening to pull a Texas; all their water comes from the PNW. Not very bright.

      Look on the bright side: the GWB Presidency brought us nearly a decade of great comedy, art, and a less hostile and extreme College Campus. It’s clear why Clinton lost in such a huge sweep (most notably, the media collusion “Pied Piper” strategy and people finding out about it; focusing on divisive gender politicking). Perhaps it’s time to learn those lessons and readjust rather than doubling down on a losing strategy?

      Seattle didn’t seem to learn that lesson yet and opted to double down on the same losing team. Maybe when homelessness doubles and we pass more sweeping laws violating even more civil rights that’ll be the wake-up call. Until then, not much changes for us.

      Anyway, the sky hasn’t fallen. It likely won’t. Everybody got to make some stupid mistakes today and we just have to live with them and work within the system which we’ve been given. Burning flags, blocking traffic, and threatening people for not being you (the BLM stuff at the White House was ridiculous) would be the true Path of Evil — if we are to get biblical in our rhetoric.

      Maybe the options will be better next election.

  • Morgan Junction Girl November 8, 2016 (6:49 pm)

    Whisky West is mostly empty and has CNN on the speakers.

  • Chuck November 8, 2016 (7:46 pm)

    If this election keeps tipping toward crazy town the way it is (I’ll let you decide what that means), a whole lotta people will be out looking for a drink in a short while. Whisky West should be ready for a late rush…

  • WestCake November 8, 2016 (9:37 pm)

    Democracy in action!

  • just wow November 8, 2016 (9:56 pm)

    Thanks F.B.I. (sarcasm)

  • Mark November 8, 2016 (10:53 pm)

    A college frat boy that has not matured likely to occupy the WH, not feeling great at the moment.  If stock futures are a indication a rocky ride is ahead.

  • ScubaFrog November 8, 2016 (11:25 pm)


  • Double Dub Resident November 8, 2016 (11:44 pm)

    An election that is not a testament to how much one candidate is loved , but to how much the other is hated . 

  • Jeanie November 9, 2016 (12:15 am)

    Nauseated. Can we find anything good to say about this dumb, mean man, just so I can sleep tonight?

  • Pops November 9, 2016 (12:24 am)


  • AMD November 9, 2016 (3:35 am)

    Half of America really just decided a reality TV personality should be in charge of our country.  I’m dumbfounded.

  • Andy November 9, 2016 (4:37 am)

    I’m happy about the results of the national election,  but not on the local level. For those of you who are insinuating that you are moving to Canada, I think you’ll be disappointed to find out that Canada is choosy when it comes to allowing new immigrants. They’ll want to make sure you have enough money not to suck up the tapayers’ money in order to take care of you. 

  • Steve November 9, 2016 (7:11 am)

    Canada? I don’t think so. They don’t want us. Unless, you have $400K, and can start a new business that provides 5 jobs.  Costa Rica $60k, but if you have 60k there, you’ll be kidnapped, crime is off the charts.  No, fellow citizens. … Now, all we can do is wish the Donald the best, and hope things will be ok. I have to hope he does well. 

  • Mark November 9, 2016 (4:33 pm)

    Jon I would bet the options will be better.  They cannot get worse.

    Locally things have gone to far left.  And nationally disfunction.

    Trump touts infrastructure spending, that is good.  But I bet adding a lowsy 10 cents to gas price to pay for it goes no where.

    The big loser is likely the environment

  • ScubaFrog November 9, 2016 (5:41 pm)

    The big losers will be the millions of Hispanics who are deported.  Tearing families apart.

    The big losers will be 22,000,000 Americans who lose their newfound healthcare.

    The big losers will be women, who Trump has exploited, insulted and reportedly sexually assaulted (along with an alleged child).

    The big losers will be our allies – who Trump has promised to “charge for our protection, because they don’t give us anything for protecting them!).

    The big losers will be our children – who will be bombarded with that disgusting animal’s bullying rhetoric.

    The big losers will be our economy, after Trump’s through fleecing America and adding trillions to the debt.

    The environment will surely suffer.  But there are human beings who will suffer more (and die) at the hands of Trump’s policies.

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