As you might expect, Mallahan captured a lot of the extremely wealthy coastal precincts, and McGinn did strongly in the urban environmentalist cores of Ballard and Capitol Hill. It’s gratifying to see McGinn did so well in the Ballard neighborhoods that would theoretically benefit from the deep-bore tunnel.
What I find interesting is that the only really solid belt of Nickels support starts downtown and runs through Southeast Seattle. That may be because of the working class (and therefore heavily unionized) character of many of these neighborhoods, or possibly race, but I can’t help but notice that this belt of green also happens to correspond to the course of light rail.
I’d like to think this means light rail is a political winner once people actually get to experience it.