The polls are closed for Primary Election Day in Washington state, and voters have chosen which candidates will move onto the general election in November.
With an estimated half of the expected vote counted Tuesday night, State Senator Ed Murray, who drove efforts to make gay marriage legal in Washington state, leads the race for Seattle mayor with 30 percent. Incumbent Mike McGinn, fighting to avoid becoming the second straight mayor ousted by city voters before the general election, had 27 percent.
"One thing is clear from tonight's results: the people of Seattle want new leadership," Murray said to cheering supporters. "They're excited about the possibility of new leadership that is collaborative, new leadership that will deliver results, deliver results in the challenges this city faces, from transit to transportation to education to public safety to the environment to social services...We will have a city leadership as diverse as the city itself."
"I want to say this four years has been the most extraordinary gift that the people of Seattle have given to me and to my family and to everybody on the mayor's office staff," McGinn told supporters at his campaign headquarters. "You know we get to go into work every day and try to make the city a better place and we've worked really hard to give a voice to people who didn't have a voice before, worked really hard to make sure everybody had a shot."
Murray and McGinn were significantly ahead of two other major candidates. Former City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck was at 16 percent and current City Councilman Bruce Harrell had 16 percent.
In Washington, mail-in ballots only have to be post-marked by the date of the election, so officials still have tens of thousands of votes to count in the coming days. The top two finishers advance to the November election.
Other races and propositions on the ballot included the following:
King County Proposition 1 Parks Levy
King County Proposition 1, the Parks Levy, is passing with 69 percent of the vote. This levy pays for park maintenance, including the Woodland Park Zoo. It replaces two existing levies about to expire, but also raises rates by about 40 percent. The Parks Levy provides 70 percent of the park system budget.
King County Executive
Dow Constantine is easily advancing in the race for King County Executive. Constantine has 76 percent of the vote. He will face civil engineer Alan Lobdell, who has 12 percent, in the November election.
Seattle School Board District 4
Seattle School Board District 4 includes Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. This is an open seat. Economic consultant Suzanne Dale Estey leads with 48 percent. She will face freelance writer Sue Peters who has 41 percent.
Seattle School Board District 5
Seattle School Board 5, another open seat, includes downtown, Capitol Hill and the Central District. Education policy consultant Stephan Blanford easily advanced with 79 percent of the vote. LaCrese Green, who tutors Ethiopian immigrant children, will be his opponent in November.
Seattle City Council 2
Richard Conlin advanced in his campaign for a fifth term on the council with 49 percent of the vote. Socialist Kshama Sawant, who had 33 percent, will be his opponent in November.
Seattle City Council 8
Incumbent Mike O’Brien has easily advanced in his campaign for a second term on the council with 58 percent. Environmentalist Albert Shen, who has the backing of the Downtown Business Association and has 35 percent, comes in second.
King County Council District 1
Rod Dembowski was appointed to this seat in February to replace Bob Ferguson after he was elected Washington State Attorney General. Dembowski, who leads with 70 percent, will face public health professional Naomi Wilson, who has 24 percent.
King County Council District 9
King County Council District 9, in southeastern King County, Reagan Dunn is running for re-election. Dunn leads with 56 percent of the vote; he will face real estate broker Shari Song, who has been endorsed by Congressman Adam Smith and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who has 35 percent.
Port of Seattle - Commissioner 3
Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman, appointed to her position in April, leads with 66 percent. She will face businessman Michael Wolfe, who touts prominent endorsements from Congressman Adam Smith and the King County Democrats, in November. Wolf so far has 19 percent of the vote.
Bellevue City Council Position 4
Incumbent Councilman Kevin Wallace is leading with 46 percent. He will face East Bellevue Community Council Chair Steve Kasner, who has 42 percent.
Bellevue Council 6
Civic volunteer Lynne Robinson is leading with 48 percent. Vandanna Slatter, a regional medical liaison, leads incumbent Don Davidson by 142 votes in the race for the second spot in the November run-off. More votes will be released on Wednesday.
CLICK HERE for complete election results of the August 6, 2013 Primary Election.