Although most races are now decided, major media outlets have not called the governor’s race despite a consistent but narrow lead for Jay Inslee. I’m personally not much interested in spinning the statistics and am content to wait for everyone to be satisfied that the result is correct, but others apparently feel differently.
Far closer, however, is the Pierce Transit race, which means to raise sales taxes to add service rather than impose drastic cuts. Last night’s results show the no side ahead by 915 votes (50.28% no) with perhaps 80,000 ballots yet to be counted. Chris Karnes at Tacoma Tomorrow is analyzing the race exhaustively– including breakdowns by district – and has declared it too close to call.
An optimist would say we’d win those two, I-1185 will be ruled unconstitutional, C-Tran is in a whole different metropolitan area, and so it was a clean sweep (save for Sen. Steve Litzow and minor annexation measures) for STB’s endorsement slate. A pessimist might say that the Pierce Transit measure may be the only one to have a clear and concrete effect on Puget Sound transit riders, and a loss there would dwarf the importance of everything else.