Spin Control

Since when do Democrats win late counts?

Jon Snyder must be smiling with the latest counts from Tuesday's primary.

What was virtually a tie on election night between him and incumbent Spokane City Councilman Mike Allen has become an easy win for him. Since Tuesday's count, he has gotten 455 more votes than Allen, putting him ahead by a solid 4 percentage points. Of course, a win doesn't mean much more than bragging rights since both did well enough to move to the general election.

What's strange about Snyder's surge is that since vote-by-mail was instituted a few years ago, Republicans generally have done better in late counts, either because Republicans prefer to hold onto their ballots until election day or because of get-out-the-vote efforts.

Although the City Council race is nonpartisan, Snyder was endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Any theories on Snyder's strong showing among voters who mailed their ballot late?




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