The first post-Election Day round of ballot counting brought only minor narrowing of some races across Seattle.
In the Seattle City Council's race to represent West Seattle and South Park, Shannon Braddock, a newcomer to Seattle politics with a strong public affairs background, continued to hold a lead over Lisa Herbold, a former aide to progressive City Councilmember Nick Licata. Herbold gained about a half a percent Wednesday, but it's looking likely that Braddock will pull out the tight race.
Both camps have talked about the possibility that the outcome could remain in doubt into next week.
Across the races for City Council, other lefty candidates benefited from late ballots as well, but perhaps less than some expected. No other races look close enough to flip in the coming days, which means the 2015 Seattle City Council will be Shannon Braddock, Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, Rob Johnson, Debora Juarez, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess and Lorena Gonzalez.
King County's proposed levy to support better family services strengthened its lead, adding another percentage point to its margin of support..
Last night's surprisingly large margin of support for the $930 million Move Seattle went most unchanged Wednesday. Mayor Ed Murray last night was hesitant to declare victory until more ballots had been counted. Polling numbers had allegedly shown the levy failing, but the late counts continue to favor the package. Murray should feel okay about putting his feet up tonight.
You can find the full results with the latest counts here.