ELECTION 2021: First primary vote count for King County Executive

checkbox.jpg8:09 PM: In the King County Executive race, the primary will narrow a field of five candidates to two. The leaders are two West Seattle residents – three-term incumbent Executive Dow Constantine with 53 percent and first-term State Sen. Joe Nguyen with 30 percent. Here are the first results (next count not due out until tomorrow):

Dow Constantine – 124,302 – 53.49%
Joe Nguyen – 68,986 – 29.69 %
Bill Hirt – 27,050 – 11.64%
Goodspaceguy – 6,889 – 2.96%
Johnathon Crines – 3,861 – 1.66%

We talked tonight with both Constantine and Nguyen and will add those clips when they’re uploaded.

11:09 PM: Constantine, who spent election night at the “Best Starts for Kids” victory party in Georgetown, expects a “fun” campaign:

Nguyen, who gathered with supporters in White Center, insists it’s time for change:

Datapoints from past elections: The first time Constantine ran for KC Executive, in 2009, he was second in the primary; Nguyen’s run for State Senate in 2018 was his first bid for elective office, and he led after the primary as well as the general. Another datapoint: Constantine held the same State Senate seat Nguyen now holds, for about a year at the turn of the millennium, before moving to the King County Council, shere he served before becoming executive.

12 Replies to "ELECTION 2021: First primary vote count for King County Executive"

  • StopCuttingDownTrees August 3, 2021 (11:14 pm)

    I can’t believe I’m happy to see Nguyen losing to the worst County Executive we’ve ever had. It’s sad that even our choices are awful. 

    • Peter August 3, 2021 (11:27 pm)

      “The worst County Executive we’ve ever had.” Well, that sure explains why we keep electing him. 

    • Jort August 3, 2021 (11:49 pm)

      What is with these superlative, extremist comments? “The WORST we’ve EVER had”? I mean, you can not like the guy but these hysterical, over-the-top blanket declarations are just so bizarre. So dramatic. So histrionic. 

      • StopCuttingDownTrees August 4, 2021 (1:00 am)

        Name a worst King County Executive in the past 40 years. Take your time.

      • Anne August 4, 2021 (6:56 am)

        But so true –

  • Al King August 4, 2021 (7:10 am)

    Well Jort. Having read all your past comments  you’ve described yourself with this comment PERFECTLY!!

  • Lola August 4, 2021 (7:47 am)

    I can tell you I have never voted for Dow and never will.  Just sad to see that he gets re-elected year after year. 

  • helpermonkey August 4, 2021 (8:18 am)

    who are these jokers who keep giving “goodspaceguy” any votes at all? Like its something funny to throw away your vote? 

    • Michael Waldo August 4, 2021 (12:17 pm)

      Good Space Guy?! I know! Who are these 3% of voters that voted for him?

      • Eric1 August 5, 2021 (10:29 am)

        Sometimes the old, crazy, racist guy seems better than the other people in the ballot.   It works fine until the old, crazy, racist guy gets elected.   But it isn’t like any of the candidates make you want to vote for them. Most of the time I think people are voting for the lesser of many evils and I can see how 3% of the population could filter down that far.  Remember: if any candidate had worthwhile skills, they would have a real job like the rest of us. 

  • Derek August 4, 2021 (8:35 am)

    Disappointing that Dow got so many votes. I hope that can still be flipped.  We need change so bad and Joe is such a good candidate. 

  • JohnW August 4, 2021 (8:51 am)

    Hyperbole, the fuel of thoughtless, bankrupt comments.

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