Durkan takes robust early lead in Seattle mayor race


Lisa Baumann, Associated Press

Updated four:08 am, Wednesday, November eight, 2017

  • Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan applauds supporters as she takes to the stage at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters were picking a female mayor of the Northwest's largest city for the first time in 90 years, choosing between former U.S. attorney Durkan and community activist Cary Moon. Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan speaks at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters were picking a female mayor of the Northwest's largest city for the first time in 90 years, choosing between former U.S. attorney Durkan and community activist Cary Moon. Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, right, joins supporters waving signs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an urban planner, to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, smiles as she prepares for a TV interview on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an urban planner, to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, left, joins supporters waving signs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between Moon, an urban planner, and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, right, greets Haley Williams, left, co-owner of Cafe Red, as Moon stops in for coffee on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between Moon, an urban planner, and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, right, joins supporters waving signs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a female mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an urban planner, to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • In this Oct. 24, 2017, photo, Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan answers a question during a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a woman mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between urban planner Cary Moon or former U.S. Attorney Durkan to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • In this Oct. 24, 2017, photo Seattle mayoral candidate Cary Moon answers a question during a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a woman mayor for the second time. Voters are choosing between urban planner Moon or former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon, left, takes a photo with supporter Greg Garrison, right, during an election night gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon, left, reacts as she arrives to greet supporters at an election night gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon, right, talks with supporters during an election night gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon, at the podium at left, gives a speech to supporters after early voting results were released, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon, center-right, greets a supporter after speaking at an election night gathering Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Supporters of Seattle Mayoral candidate and urban planner Cary Moon listen as Moon gives a speech at an election night gathering after early voting results were announced, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is facing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Supporters of Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan cheer as they hear early results at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters were picking a female mayor of the Northwest's largest city for the first time in 90 years, choosing between former U.S. attorney Durkan and community activist Cary Moon. Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan applauds supporters as she takes to the stage at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest metropolis for the primary time in 90 years, selecting between former U.S. lawyer Durkan and neighborhood activist Cary Moon. much less
Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan applauds supporters as she takes to the stage at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest … extra


Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP


Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan speaks at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest metropolis for the primary time in 90 years, selecting between former U.S. lawyer Durkan and neighborhood activist Cary Moon. much less
Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan speaks at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest metropolis for the primary time in 90 years, … extra


Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, proper, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a feminine mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an city planner, to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, proper, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, smiles as she prepares for a TV interview on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a feminine mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an city planner, to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, smiles as she prepares for a TV interview on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, left, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a feminine mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between Moon, an city planner, and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, left, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, proper, greets Haley Williams, left, co-owner of Cafe Red, as Moon stops in for espresso on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a feminine mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between Moon, an city planner, and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate Cary Moon, proper, greets Haley Williams, left, co-owner of Cafe Red, as Moon stops in for espresso on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, proper, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on Tuesday will elect a feminine mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, and Cary Moon, an city planner, to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan, proper, joins supporters waving indicators on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. More than 90 years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, voters on … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


In this Oct. 24, 2017, photograph, Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan solutions a query throughout a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a girl mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between city planner Cary Moon or former U.S. Attorney Durkan to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
In this Oct. 24, 2017, photograph, Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan solutions a query throughout a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a girl mayor for the second time. … extra


Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP


In this Oct. 24, 2017, photograph Seattle mayoral candidate Cary Moon solutions a query throughout a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a girl mayor for the second time. Voters are selecting between city planner Moon or former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to steer a metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands. much less
In this Oct. 24, 2017, photograph Seattle mayoral candidate Cary Moon solutions a query throughout a televised debate in Seattle. Seattle voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will elect a girl mayor for the second time. Voters … extra


Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, left, takes a photograph with supporter Greg Garrison, proper, throughout an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, left, takes a photograph with supporter Greg Garrison, proper, throughout an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, left, reacts as she arrives to greet supporters at an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, left, reacts as she arrives to greet supporters at an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, proper, talks with supporters throughout an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, proper, talks with supporters throughout an election night time gathering, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, on the podium at left, provides a speech to supporters after early voting outcomes have been launched, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, on the podium at left, provides a speech to supporters after early voting outcomes have been launched, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, center-right, greets a supporter after talking at an election night time gathering Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. much less
Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon, center-right, greets a supporter after talking at an election night time gathering Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Supporters of Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon hear as Moon provides a speech at an election night time gathering after early voting outcomes have been introduced, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Moon is going through former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. much less
Supporters of Seattle Mayoral candidate and concrete planner Cary Moon hear as Moon provides a speech at an election night time gathering after early voting outcomes have been introduced, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. … extra


Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP


Supporters of Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan cheer as they hear early outcomes at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest metropolis for the primary time in 90 years, selecting between former U.S. lawyer Durkan and neighborhood activist Cary Moon. much less
Supporters of Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan cheer as they hear early outcomes at an election night time occasion Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Seattle. Voters have been selecting a feminine mayor of the Northwest’s largest … extra


Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP


Durkan takes robust early lead in Seattle mayor race


SEATTLE (AP) — In a Seattle mayoral race that can give the booming liberal metropolis its first feminine mayor for the reason that 1920s former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan has taken a powerful early lead.

Ninety-one years after Seattle elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, early returns Tuesday confirmed Durkan had captured greater than a 20-point lead with practically 61 p.c of the primary votes tallied within the all-mail election. Urban planner Cary Moon tallied simply over 39 p.c of the vote.

“Now I know there’s a lot of votes left to be counted,” Durkan informed supporters. “But I have to tell ya we’re feeling really, really good about where we are.”

She additionally had a message for the president of the United States whose insurance policies she vocally opposed throughout her marketing campaign: “Can I just say, Donald Trump, keep your hands off Seattle.”

Ballot counting will proceed over the subsequent a number of days.

Voters have been selecting between Durkan, 59, or Moon, 54, or to steer this metropolis coping with the advantages and issues of an economic system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce big Amazon expands.

“We are up against tough odds,” Moon stated in a press release Tuesday night time. “Campaign spending for our opponent broke city election records, outspending us by more than 3:1. The Chamber of Commerce funneled hundreds of thousands on behalf of Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Amazon and others into a no-limit PAC for our opponent. But Seattle late voters may surprise everyone. We believe the ballot counts will swing in our direction over time, and we’re not out of the race yet.”

The two-woman matchup got here after former Mayor Ed Murray dropped his re-election efforts amid accusations of badual abuse by a number of males. Murray had been anticipated to simply win re-election after pushing by will increase to town’s minimal wage and rising as a vocal opponent to President Donald Trump, whom Seattle voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2016. Murray, who has denied the allegations, resigned in September after a fifth accuser got here ahead.

“I feel like I take into account who the candidate is, regardless of male or female, but this year for me at least, it feels a little special to have a choice between two women and to sort of elevate the visibility of viable female candidates. I have a small tinge of excitement about that, for sure,” stated Seattle voter Michelle Solis.

The race between Durkan and Moon has centered on how town will reply to adjustments largely introduced by Amazon, which employs about 40,000 folks in Seattle. Housing costs have skyrocketed amid fixed complaints about site visitors and worries that the poor and center clbad are being priced out.

Durkan, backed by town’s enterprise and labor institution, has touted her managerial expertise as a prosecutor. Moon, in the meantime, who previously managed her household’s manufacturing enterprise, has pressured that she’s not a politician and has centered on her 20 years of activism on transit, waterfront and different metropolis points.

The race has attracted mbadive cash. Although it is Durkan’s first run for workplace, the well-connected participant in metropolis and state Democratic circles has raised practically $1 million. An independent-expenditure committee engaged on Durkan’s behalf has raised practically $847,000 to pump into election efforts.

Moon’s donations have topped $355,000 with over $176,000 coming from her non-public checking account. An independent-expenditure group for Moon raised over $27,000.

Because Murray resigned, the winner of the election will take workplace as quickly because the election is licensed in late November, as a substitute of January.

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Associated Press reporter Manuel Valdes contributed to this story.


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