Where McGinn, Murray ran hottest
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn retained strong support in the Aug. 6 primary in core liberal neighborhoods like Fremont and the Central Area. Challenger Ed Murray’s backing was strongest in areas such as north Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and West Seattle.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made it through the Aug. 6 primary with loyal support in many liberal core city neighborhoods that propelled him to office four years ago.
Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, Beacon Hill and the Central Area were among McGinn’s strongholds, according to a Seattle Times analysis of recently released precinct vote totals.
His challenger, state Sen. Ed Murray, drew his strongest support from wealthier neighborhoods, including Montlake, north Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Magnolia, and some areas around the edges of the city.
Murray also showed major strength in West Seattle, which his campaign had targeted in the run-up to the primary.
As McGinn and Murray step into a 10-week march to the general election, the primary results roughly reflect each candidate’s geographic base, and where each has work to do.
Generally speaking, Murray’s primary-election support was broader, but McGinn’s was more intense.
Murray won 47 percent of the city’s 952 precincts, while McGinn won 41 percent. But McGinn won 136 precincts with at least 40 percent of the vote, compared with 75 for Murray.
Among other candidates in the nine-person race, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell won 69 precincts, clustered largely in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods including Rainier Beach.
Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s support was more diffuse: He won 18 precincts scattered mostly across North Seattle.
A key battle in the general election will come in McGinn and Murray’s efforts to appeal to the Steinbrueck and Harrell voters.
McGinn looks poised to compete strongly for voters in Harrell’s Southeast Seattle base, as he ran stronger there than Murray, noted local political consultant Ben Anderstone.
“That’s potentially a very good sign — he’s positioned to pick up a number of votes down there,” said Anderstone, who analyzed a similar map of precinct results for local political news site Publicola.
However, Harrell has indicated Seattle needs “a new mayor” and may wind up endorsing Murray.
And McGinn’s weakness showed in the many precincts where he “squeaked out a win” with 30 percent or so of the vote, Anderstone noted. “The conventional wisdom is that Murray will be able to consolidate the anti-incumbent vote,” he said.
Despite spending $200,000, businessman Charlie Staadecker won just a single University District precinct. There were 20 precincts where candidates tied, and one in which there were no votes.
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