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Slog PM: The Future of Seattle Elections Still in Limbo, King County Progressives Continue to Dominate, and Clark County Will Decide Congressional Race between a MAGA Conspiracy Theorist and a Democrat

The Wind of Change: Happy Friday after the election! I’m sure you understand by now that election results will shift throughout the week as poll workers count late ballots that arrive. Typically on Wednesday we see a small change in the candidate score, on Thursday a little more and on Friday the tight races become clearer. Unfortunately, not everything is so clear yet. Here’s a rule to keep in mind as I go through today’s ballots: In King County, historically, later ballots draw progressively. As for the rest of Washington, later ballots tend to be more conservative.

The end of the street: MANY races are so far settled at this point that a number of contenders gave up last night.


Jim Farrell called Leesa Manion to officially give up hope in the King County DA race, which is good if you think we can’t fight our way out of crime hard. Independent Julie Anderson lost to incumbent Steve Hobbs in the Secretary of State race, so we don’t have to worry about Anderson making it harder for voters to know which candidates are Republicans this ballot. Also, Matt Larkin surrendered to incumbent Kim Schrier, defying expectations from pundits who thought WA08 would turn red again in this election, jeopardizing Democrat power in the US House of Representatives.

But many races remain close: Washington’s 3rd congressional district is the state’s last congressional district to win, and it could turn blue in this election if Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez can maintain her initial 10,000-vote lead over conspiracy theorist and MAGA chief Joe Kent. With late votes red outside of King County, Perez’s lead shrank to 5,882 votes Thursday night.

Since this morning approximately 55,000 ballots remain in WA03. This afternoon, Cowlitz County lost about 5,000 additional votes, weakening Perez’s lead to 5,117. But wait a minute, Perez’s top county, Clark County, holds the lion’s share of the untold vote with 45,000 votes remaining. Clark will report 20,000 ballots at around 6pm tonight and will cast another 20,000 at the same time tomorrow. Sick tweet about it, I promise.

Even though Clark is the bluest district in the district, Perez’s future is far from guaranteed as late ballots in the primaries largely went to Kent, even Clark. It seems like Kent will call himself a winner (or at least a victim of voter fraud) no matter what the next few drops turn out to be. In a podcast with Trump’s buddy Steve Bannon, he spreads conspiracy theories about his refusal to vote.

Parliament: Despite talk of a national red wave a few weeks ago, state Democrats said The unknown They weren’t too concerned about losing in swing quarters. Seems like they were right about not losing too much sleep on these races. Incumbent Democrat Emily Randall, representing the 26th LD, has maintained her lead over her Republican challenger (she got 20 extra votes when Pierce reported earlier today, but we won’t see additional results from Kitsap until 5 p.m. tomorrow) .

Over in the 10th Legislative District, Democrat Clyde Shavers’ alleged stolen bravery controversy has yet to cost Democrats the seat. At 4:00 p.m. today, Shavers more or less held his nearly 2% lead, but Skagit and Island Counties will not report any more ballots until Monday, and the district’s reddest ward will report at 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Whatcom: Last night, in the three-seat Whatcom race, the Democrats narrowly edged out the Republicans. Unfortunately, Whatcom County won’t report another ballot until Monday, leaving Democratic Senate nominee Sharon Shewmake and Democratic State House nominees Alicia Rule and Joe Timmons to bite their nails over the holiday weekend.

King County: The King County Elections (KCE) dropped about 88,500 votes tonight and about 216,000 remain, according to the agency spokesman. Also, 15,890 voters screwed up their signatures. Sorry, that was tough of me. It’s probably not your fault, but you must fix it by 4:30 p.m. on November 28 for your ballot to be counted. Click here to review and “heal” your ballot. You will also receive a letter, phone call and email once you have given KCE your details.

All the stranger Candidates kept their leads. Except for Shukri Olow, who is more than 10,000 votes behind Democrat Chris Stearns. Disability rights attorney Darya Farivar still beats Lelach Rave in the 46th in North Seattle. Former State Senator Claudia Kauffman is still ahead of Republican Bill Boyce in the 47th in Kent. Tech-savvy landlord (in good spirits) Chipalo Street also leads in the 37th in South Seattle against Emilia Smith. And good luck to Seattle Municipal Court Judge Adam Eisenberg. He’s in a bad position with defender Pooja Vaddadi still far ahead.

voting action: Voters showed a clear preference for most voting measures. As of tonight, 69.35% of voters said they plan to run many county offices in even-numbered years to increase voter turnout. And 68.24% of voters approved the Conservation Futures Levy, which will charge homeowners $0.0625 for every $1,000 of home value so the county can take better care of our green spaces.

Seattle voters knew it too They wanted a ranked vote (RCV) versus a consent vote. But voters weren’t so sure when asked if we should change the system at all. So far, “No” has had a razor-thin lead over “Yes.” After tonight’s relegation, it’s still pretty damn close – 49.45% of voters want to switch our voting system to one of the options offered and 50.55% don’t, meaning the lead for ‘no’ since yesterday is about 1,000 votes has shrunk. Even if voters chose to leave the election as it is, support for RCV in the second call could do wonders for state efforts to get municipalities to consolidate their primary and general elections and introduce a better version of RCV to let.

Let’s talk about EVERYTHING else: President Joe Biden is having a hard time delivering on his campaign promises to ease the stress of student debt. Will Casey has already explained the situation with much more legal knowledge in Slog AM, but I just wanted you to know that the Department of Education is no longer accepting applications, although Biden previously encouraged borrowers to continue applying through the legal challenges. Of course, the decision isn’t final, so keep your fingers crossed!

Biden’s next big plan: Okay, student loan forgiveness isn’t going too well, but today at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference, Biden announced new initiatives to tackle methane emissions. You can read the details here, but basically Biden is saying his new methane rules will help the US meet its goal of cutting methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

The cost of climate change: As sea levels rise, the ocean begins to encroach on coastal cities. Saint-Louis, Senegal is “ground zero” in the devastation of the rising Atlantic, with thousands of people living in a camp for “internally displaced people”. The climate refugee crisis has begun and NPR says, “Every year a little bit more land is lost to the sea.”

Can Slog PM be fun again? I know, I know. A lot of political bullshit for a Friday. After a long week, you probably don’t care about voting actions and you probably don’t want to worry about your debt! So go out and have fun. EverOut knows the coolest and cheapest events to take your mind off the news of the week.

Gallagher died: Gallager, a comedian best known for smashing watermelons in the ’80s, died at the age of 76 after what his manager described as “a brief health struggle.” Today you might indulge in fond memories of the funny fruit guy. stranger Alum Lindy West also had these fond, “apolitical” memories, until she saw him in Bremerton in 2010 and realized he’s a “paranoid, right-wing, watermelon-busting lunatic.”

A blast from the (recent) past came to Shuffle today:

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