By LISA BAUMANN
SEATTLE (AP) — In a Seattle mayoral race that may give the booming liberal metropolis its first feminine mayor because the 1920s, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan has taken a robust 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 almost 61 p.c of the votes tallied within the all-mail election. Urban planner Cary Moon had simply over 39 p.c.
“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 had been selecting between Durkan, 59, or Moon, 54, to guide this metropolis, coping with the advantages and issues of an financial system booming for some greater than others as e-commerce large Amazon expands.
The two-woman matchup got here after former Mayor Ed Murray, who had been anticipated to simply win re-election, dropped his efforts amid accusations of badual abuse by a number of males. He resigned in September after a fifth accuser got here ahead.
In one other Washington contest, the Democrat took a robust lead in a state Senate race that may decide the stability of energy on the Washington Capitol. If the outcomes maintain Washington will be a part of Oregon and California with Democratic one-party rule in each legislative chambers and the governor’s workplace.
Manka Dhingra was main Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund with 55 p.c of the vote Tuesday night time. The subsequent poll replace is ready for late Wednesday afternoon.
Republicans, with the badistance of a Democrat who caucuses with them, at present management the Senate by a single seat. Democrats maintain a slim majority within the House.
The race for the 45th District, one in every of eight particular elections for the state Legislature this 12 months, has damaged all earlier legislative spending information within the state due to the importance of the result. As of Monday, greater than $eight.7 million had been spent on the race, with a lot of it — about $5.9 million — being spent by third-party teams.
Dhingra, a 43-year-old senior deputy prosecuting lawyer with the King County Prosecutor’s Office, was born in India, and her household moved to the U.S. when she was a teen. She oversees therapeutic various courts for the mentally unwell and veterans and based a nonprofit to handle home violence within the space’s South Asian group.
Englund, who’s Korean-American, was beforehand a staffer for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington in addition to for The Bitcoin Foundation, a digital foreign money advocacy group, and labored on initiatives for the navy.
The two political newcomers had been searching for to serve the final 12 months of a four-year time period left vacant by final 12 months’s demise of Republican Sen. Andy Hill. The winner might want to run once more in 2018.
Associated Press reporter Manuel Valdes contributed to this story.