PubliCola has been theorizing (pontificating even) that South King County is key to the race between the four Democrats angling to make it through the primary in the King County Executive's race. (Conventional wisdom has it that former KIRO-TV anchor Susan Hutchison, the Republican in the "non-partisan" top-two primary, will go through.)
Last night, the final south end district to endorse—the 30th District (Federal Way)—gave its sole endorsement to King County Council Member Dow Constantine.
So, in the fight for the coveted south county, here's the final tally:
The 5th (Sammamish, Maple Valley, Snoqualmie): King County Council Member Larry Phillips
The 11th (Burein, Sea-Tac, Tukwila, Renton): Constantine, Phillips, and State Rep. Ross Hunter
The 30th (Federal Way): Constantine
The 31st (Enumclaw area): Phillips
The 33rd (Kent, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Sea-Tac): Constantine
The 47th (Southeast King County from Renton to Black Diamond): Constantine and Phillips
That's a tie: Constantine 4 to Phillips 4.
The more conservative Democrats in the race, State Rep. Ross Hunter and State Sen. Fred Jarrett, aren't doing so well with endorsements in South King County's exurban, big box, and working class turf. Hunter shared the 11th district with Constantine and Phillips. And that's it.