1. Seattle Metropolitan Parks District, Prop. 1

The parks measure is ahead 52.39 to 47.61.

This is good news for the Metropolitan Parks District; the earlier, more conservative vote should have been closer for foes of the 33-cent property tax.

With about 60 percent of the anticipated votes counted tonight and the remaining votes likely skewing more liberal, the pro-Prop. 1 folks definitely can't call it, but should be feeling better than the MPD oppponents.

Mayor Ed Murray, who campaigned in part on the idea of a permanent parks district and ushered the idea through the city council, said tonight: 

“These results are incredibly encouraging. We know there are more ballots to be counted, but if current trends hold, it appears that Seattle voters have made an important decision for future generations of Seattleites. I am very hopeful that tonight, with this vote, Seattle has approved a measure to provide our well-loved and well-used parks system with a sustainable source of funding. If so, this vote will not only allow us to address our existing maintenance backlog, but will also allow us to plan for and manage the growing needs of our nearly 500 parks, playfields and community centers as Seattle continues to grow as a city."

  

2. Key Races in the state senate. (With 25 Republicans plus one Democrat who caucuses with the GOP, the Democrats need to pick up two seats to take the advantage. They're targeting five incumbents in swing turf that leans Republican—with the exception of Tacoma's 28th Legislative District which leans Democratic. A showing for the Democratic challenger at around 45 percent would be promising for the Democrats. The Democrats are also trying to hold on to a seat in the 44th Legislative District.)

And Survey Says! ... not a strong showing for the Democrat challengers tonight, though Navy vet and Amazon manager Matt Isenhower did well for the Democrats against GOP senate budget chair Andy Hill in the Microsoft suburbs. 

6th Legislative District, Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-6) 57.16 to Democratic challenger Rich Cowan 42.84

28th Legislative District, Tacoma, Lakewood

Sen. Steve O'Ban (R-28) 56.5 to state Rep. Tami Green (D-28) 43.5

30th Legislative District, Federal Way, Auburn

Republican Mark Miloscia 57.25 to Shari Song 42.75

42nd Legislative District, Bellingham area, Ferndale

Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42) 56.93to Seth Fleetwood 43.07

44th Legislative District, Lake Stevens

Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44) 55.1 to Jim Kellett 44.88 

45th Legislative District, Redmond, Kirkland

Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) 53.93 to Matt Isenhower 46.07

3. 1st U.S. Congressional District

A surprise here: The national GOP's "Young Guns" chosen challenger Pedro Celis is in third place in the top-two primary, trailing Tea Party Republican Robert Sutherland 15 percent to 15.93 percent.

The incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) is in first with 51.1 percent.

 

Also worth noting tonight, Democratic state house spearker Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford), facing a challenge from Kshama Sawant socialist ally Jess Spear, is winning with 80.11 to Spear's 19.06. 

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