More Hope in Close Races

There are four city council races in which the margin of victory is less than 10 percentage points. Normally, anything more than four or five points is insurmountable, and only one race falls under that.

However, if those in close races have reason to hope, it’s in the belief that people waited longer to vote this year.

Walt Washington, chief deputy auditor for the county, said it appears more people than normal waited to vote closer to election day. Of the about 54,000 ballots the county
had in hand, 12,700 arrived in the mail on Tuesday, a record for an off-year election, Washington said.

“When there are things that people have to ponder on, they wait until the last minute,” he said.

Washington said his conversations with elections officers in King County indicated the same thing was happening there.

“That seems to be the trend,” Washington said.

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