Murray, McGinn still lead race for Seattle mayor

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 5:28 PM

SEATTLE -- A state senator who drove efforts to make gay marriage legal in Washington state continues to lead Seattle's mayoral primary race.
  
With more than the estimated 75 percent of the vote counted Thursday, Ed Murray maintained 30 percent of the vote. Incumbent Mike McGinn, who fought to avoid becoming the second straight mayor ousted by city voters before the general election, had 28 percent, picking up an extra percentage point from Tuesday.

Murray and McGinn were still significantly ahead of two other major candidates. Former City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck and current City Councilman Bruce Harrell, both at 16 percent.

Both leading candidates came out swinging Wednesday. Murray implied McGinn is unpredictable, while McGinn implied Murray is not inclusive.

"I do that by being collaborative, by reaching out. I don't pick fights," said Murray. "(McGinn) promised in the last election not to fight the tunnel, then he spends years fighting the tunnel. When the Justice Department came to reform the Police Department, he fought the Justice Department."

"The difference is, we're not just talking about the few voices from downtown who control where all the resources go, but really listening to everybody in the city and focusing on their needs," said McGinn.

"Look at our record. We're getting things done. We didn't do that all alone," McGinn added.

McGinn says the city is booming.  Murray says the streets are crumbling.

Both have healthy war chests.  Murray is ahead in contributions with a total of $590,665 to McGinn's $354,912.

In the coming weeks, McGinn will ask voters to judge his record of growth, jobs and inclusiveness. Murray will ask them to evaluate his record of leadership and predictability.

Both candidates would like the support of the third and fourth place runner-ups, Peter Steinbrueck and Bruce Harrell, who have not yet announced their endorsements.

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.

KING 5's Linda Brill and Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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