McGinn's lead in Seattle mayor race keeps growing

McGinn's lead in Seattle mayor race keeps growing

Credit: KING

Seattle mayoral candidates Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan

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by KING5.com Staff and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 9:15 PM

SEATTLE – Environmentalist attorney Mike McGinn has slightly increased his lead over T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan in the race to be Seattle's next mayor.

Mike McGinn now leads Joe Mallahan by 2,384 votes after King County officials released more votes Friday evening.

The new count showed McGinn with 85,416 votes over Mallahan's 83,032.

In the August primary, McGinn and Mallahan outpolled Mayor Greg Nickels, a two-term incumbent, after he was dogged by criticism of the city's response to a December snowstorm that paralyzed Seattle for nearly two weeks.

What triggers a recount?

Under Washington state law, a machine recount occurs if the difference between the top two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and under 0.5 percent.

A manual recount will take place if the difference is less than 150 votes and less than 0.25 percent.

A candidate can request a recount, but he or she has to pay for it. It's 15 cents per ballot in a machine count and 25 cents per ballot in a hand count.
 

 

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