Socialist city council challenger Kshama Sawant now leads incumbent council member Richard Conlin by more than 1,000 votes, with a total of 86,233 votes to Conlin's 85,075. The gain reflects an increasing escalation of late pro-Sawant votes since election day, when Conlin led his challenger 54 to 46 percent. Now, Sawant leads by a margin of 50.17 to 49.5.
On Tuesday, Sawant narrowly passed Conlin by a margin of 41 votes, and last night, she led by 402. Sawant had 55.4 percent in the latest count to Conlin's 42.2 percent.
The question, at this point, is: Assuming the vote count continues to go Sawant's way, will Conlin concede tomorrow? Or will he request a recount?
Sawant ran promising rent control (which can only be instituted at the state level), a $15-an-hour minimum wage (which mayor-elect Ed Murray has said he supports implementing more incrementally), and a "millionaire's tax"—an income tax on people making more than $1 million a year—which would also have to be implemented by the state legislature.