Election Week Losers:

1. The slate of Seattle School Board challengers who tried to tap the anti-ed-reform backlash and a series of Seattle Public Schools debacles to mount a populist recall. Fail.

2. Tim Eyman, who pushed a convoluted initiative to kill light rail on behalf of his one big contributor (Kemper Freeman) by using worn-out rhetoric about bureaucrats. Fail.

3. And let's add Kemper Freeman to the fail list. Not only did he spend $1.2 million on Eyman's weird, losing measure, but he also spent at least $16,000 (plus pass-through money on independent expenditures) to pack the Bellevue City Council with an anti-Sound Transit slate. While his candidate Aaron Laing may squeak it out yet, he's currently 169 votes behind  pro-light rail candidate John Stokes. Freeman's main nemesis, Claudia Balducci and her light rail ally, John Chelminiak, are winning handily over Freeman's Manchurian candidates, Patti Mann and Michelle Hilhorst.

4. The Washington Education Association. While the other powerhouse union in the state, the Service Employees International Union 775, leapfrogged the pending wrenching budget process to secure $18 million for their prized worker training program by spending  $1.42 million on their successful ballot measure, the WEA didn't use their bank account to get any guaranteed funding. Now they're going to get hammered like everyone else in the special legislative session.

Election Week Winners

1. The Seattle City Council. Speaking of a failed recall movement, not a single Seattle City Council incumbent—five were up—came close to losing. The biggest winner of the batch, Tim Burgess who won with 82 percent of the vote as he sets the stage for his 2013 mayoral bid. The other incumbents posted big numbers as well: Sally Clark got 66, Tom Rasmussen got 73, Bruce Harrell got 62, and Jean Godden, the only one who faced a challenger, Bobby Forch, who raised more than $100,000, got  53.

2. What makes the council's winning hand even odder is the utter rejection of Prop 1, the $60 car tab they put on the ballot to fund streets, transit, bikes and pedestrian projects. People don't seem to like the council's ideology, but they seem to dig the council nonetheless. Rasmussen himself, for example, the main man on the car tab, got 73 percent at the polls. Not really sure who the winner is here, but it doesn't seem like it's the voters, really.

3. Trader Joe's and Safeway. Each of the grocery companies spent $50,000, while Costco footed the rest of the bill, spending $22 million to buy their way into the lucrative liquor sales business. And then there's QFC, Albertsons, and Whole Foods, which didn't spend a dime. Well played.

4. The Seattle Times, largely considered irrelevant when it comes to endorsements—Mike McGavick? Joe Mallahan? Dino Rossi (for governor)?—may have actually influenced the outcome by reversing course on its original endorsement of Richard Mitchell for King County Council and changing it to a  Jane Hague endorsement. Republican Hague, perceived as being vulnerable, is winning 53.9 to 45.7.

5. And Democrats can even feel like winners with the Hague numbers. Her victory came largely because she voted with Democrats to implement a $20 car tab for transit. King County: Where Rs have to vote like Ds to keep office.
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