Update: Joe Mallahan has conceded the election. Mike McGinn is Seattle’s next mayor.
Previously: Mike McGinn may very well be Seattle’s next mayor. The latest ballot drop from King County Elections gives McGinn a 4,939 lead of Joe Mallahan, continuing the trend of later ballots heavily favoring McGinn after closer margins with earlier drops.
Mayor of Seattle
Mike McGinn – 96,514 – 50.88%
Joe Mallahan – 91,575 – 48.28%
While many more ballots are left to be counted, Mallahan would need a near-impossible surge to take the election. Today’s count puts McGinn well outside of automatic recount range and limits the scope of any possible challenges that Mallahan could offer regarding ballots rejected due to signature mis-matches. Mallahan will hold a press conference at 5pm where he is expected to concede the election.
The Seattle Transit Blog Editorial Board gave Mike McGinn our endorsement after Mayor Nickels was defeated in the primary. Transit advocates have a strong partner in Mike McGinn, and we should look forward to working with him on expanding light rail to the west side of the city.