The latest results in contested city and state legislative races are in, and they confirm (so far at least) the early results: Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin is still leading; conservative Republican Jan Angel is ahead in the 26th District state senate race (all but ensuring continued GOP dominance of the senate), and Sue Peters is still outpacing education "reformer" Suzanne Dale Estey for the only highly contested Seattle School Board race.

Additionally, incumbent Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace, a member of the conservative Kemper Freeman bloc, continues to lead his challenger, Steve Kasner, by a 51.2 to 48.6 percent—a margin of 445 votes, more than last night's 382-vote margin. 

Conlin's total percentage lead in his City Council race to fend off a strong challenge from socialist candidate Kshama Sawant went down from 53.56–46.13 percent, but the overall vote gap between the two candidates increased from 6,136 votes to 6,223 votes. 

(So why is the percentage gap decreasing? Simple: The difference between the candidates' votes represents a smaller percentage of the of total votes counted as more and more votes come in.)

Conlin told Crosscut today that he does not plan to run again in 2015, when he would be required to seek reelection (and would likely be opposed by Sawant, who lives in his district) under the district elections proposal voters also adopted last night. That measure will create seven council districts and two at-large council positions.

 

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