Bruce Harrell appears headed to victory in Seattle mayor’s race, as more votes are counted in contests across King County

<p><p>Bruce Harrell appeared headed to victory in the Seattle mayoral race with additional votes counted Wednesday in the city and in local contests around the area.</p></p><p><p>About 46,000 more ballots were tallied across King County, including about 21,000 in Seattle, making slight changes to the new political picture that began emerging shortly after Tuesday’s ballot deadline.</p></p><p><p>At least 95,000 ballots still need to be counted in Seattle, with large tallies likely Thursday and Friday.</p></p><p><p>On Wednesday, Harrell maintained a 29-percentage-point lead over M. Lorena González. He now has 64% of the vote, down from 65% on election night.</p></p><p><p>González claimed 38% of the ballots counted Wednesday. She probably needs to win two-thirds of the remaining votes or more to catch up with Harrell, according to a Seattle Times analysis.</p></p><p><p>González ran as a self-described progressive and Harrell as more of a moderate, in the Seattle political context.</p></p><p><p>In recent years, Seattle results have swung as much as 12 percentage points for left-lane candidates after election night, with younger supporters returning their ballots later. None have swung 30 points, however.</p></p><p><h3>Other Seattle races</h3></p><p><p>Voter turnout has reached 39% across King County and cracked 50% in Seattle, according to King County Elections.</p></p><p><p>In the Seattle city attorney race, Ann Davison still leads Nicole Thomas-Kennedy with 58%, down less than a percentage point from Tuesday. Thomas-Kennedy secured 45% of the ballots counted Wednesday.</p></p><p><p>In the race for Position 8 on the Seattle City Council, incumbent Teresa Mosqueda increased her election night total of 52% to 53% in her race against Kenneth Wilson.</p></p><p><p>In the race for Position 9 on the council, Sara Nelson still leads Nikkita Oliver with 60%, down less than a percentage point from election night. Oliver won 43% of the ballots counted Wednesday.</p></p><p><h3>King County</h3></p><p><p>In the race for King County executive, incumbent Dow Constantine stayed ahead of Joe Nguyen with 57%, the same as Tuesday night.</p></p><p><p>In a marquee Metropolitan King County Council race, incumbent Kathy Lambert still trails Sarah Perry by 11 percentage points.</p></p><p><p>Four other council incumbents – Rod Dembowski, Reagan Dunn, Dave Upthegrove and Pete von Reichbauer – each maintained large leads over their challengers Wednesday.</p></p><p><h3>Port of Seattle</h3></p><p><p>Incumbent Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins continued cruising to victory over Norman Sigler. He maintained 73% of the vote in their race Wednesday.</p></p><p><p>Incumbent Stephanie Bowman now leads Hamdi Mohamed by only 4,020 votes, with Mohamed closing Bowman’s narrow advantage slightly.</p></p><p><p>Meanwhile, Toshiko Grace Hasegawa took a 275-vote lead Wednesday against Peter Steinbrueck, overcoming Steinbrueck’s narrow lead on Tuesday night.</p></p><p><h3>Bellevue</h3></p><p><p>In Bellevue, Mayor Lynne Robinson still leads Dr. Gina Johnson for Position 6 on the City Council with 70%.</p></p><p><p>Council incumbent Conrad Lee still leads Dexter Borbe in the Position 2 race with 56%.</p></p><p><p>And Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis still leads Ruth Lipscomb in the Position 4 race with 58%.</p></p><p><p>Bellevue council members choose a mayor and deputy mayor among themselves every two years.</p></p>