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2019 Election

East Fremont went for Shaun Scott even though lawn signs might have you thinking differently. (Photo by Doug Trumm))
King County released final 2019 election results data on Monday and precinct maps show people in multifamily areas and single-family zones have very different politics. Progressive candidates cleaned up in Seattle's Urban Villages and renter-heavy areas. Conservative votes mostly tracked Lake Washington and Puget Sound, representing million-dollar view homes....
Now that the 2019 Washington State elections are mostly decided, I’ve been reflecting on who won and lost. A lot of candidates lost. Some would say that Big Business, transportation, and poor people lost. Affirmative Action lost. But to me, the biggest loser might have been the most important out of all of...
On election night, we provided a rundown of the early ballot returns. The outcome of many of the races we were following did not change, but some tightened and flipped as late-arriving progressive votes were counted. As we predicted, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant prevailed in her bid for...
Update: Councilmember Kshama Sawant pulled ahead in Friday returns and is now leading by 3.6 points. She will be reelected. November 13th Update: Sawant now leads by 4 points. Councilmember Kshama Sawant was the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's number one target this election, and her reelection prospects looks dicey in...
In response to the apparent passage of Initiative 976, Washington State's political leaders have begun acting as if they are required to slash public spending, especially on transportation projects--even though the initiative requires no such thing. For example, Governor Jay Inslee announced a freeze on all Washington State Department...
The early returns for the 2019 November General Election have been posted as of 8pm this evening. Counting will continue over the coming weeks, usually with daily counts being released after 4pm. Generally progressive candidates gain in late returns, so a small deficit (e.g., 5%) tonight, may actually signal...
I was reading hot takes on what will happen tomorrow when polls close and early election results are announced. Very few pundits have predicted a favorable result in a race in which I've become invested: Seattle City Council District 4 (D4). It's my home district and it also happens to...
Don't stop there. Tell everyone you know to vote no on I-976 as well. Halloween might be over, but the most frightening day of 2019 has yet to come. On November 6th, Washingtonians could theoretically wake up and confront the nightmarish reality that office-chair-thieving Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 (I-976) has passed...