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Posts tagged: 2011 Spokane primary

Council Prez race: the good, the bad and the undecided

The Spokane City Council President race would appear to be a toss up, particularly in many North Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge.
No duh, you might say, considering that winner Dennis Hession got only slightly more than a third of the vote in a four-person field.
But Spin Control does not make such prognostications lightly. Instead, we employ the very best of computer science and data analysis to confirm what you may already suspect: That Spokane voters seem less sure of their selection for the person to run council meetings for the next four years than the person to run the city.
Hey, some days, running the council is a real chore, but the city pretty much runs itself….

Council Prez Race: Newest Hession numbers

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Vote totals from the Thursday evening ballot count.

Council Prez race: Newest Stuckart numbers

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Latest vote totals from ballot count on evening of Aug. 18.

Council Prez race: Newest Corker numbers

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Vote totals from evening count of Aug. 18.

Council Prez Race: Hession’s showing

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Dennis Hession is currently first in the Spokane City Primary for council president. This map shows the percentage of the votes he got in each city precinct.

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Council Prez Race: Stuckart’s showing

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Political newcomer Ben Stuckart is currently in second place in the City Council President primary. This map shows his vote percentages in the city's precincts based on the election night tally.

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Council Prez Race: Corker’s showing

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Spokane City Councilman Steve Corker is currently third in the primary for Spokane City Council President, based on the count of ballots on election night.

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Verner beat the field in most precincts

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By now, everyone knows that Spokane voters like to chew up mayors and spit them out after one term, so Mary Verner's ability to win the primary is noteworthy.

But just how noteworthy might be best shown by the above map of precinct results, which shows that she didn't just beat second place finisher David Condon in enough precincts to place first. She actually beat the field — all challengers' vote totals combined — in all but 11 of the city's 123 precincts.

And in 12 precincts, she beat the field by more than 100 votes. Condon outpolled Verner in seven precincts, but in six of them, she got more than 40 percent and the vote for the other three challengers was negligible.

One way to look at this — and it's much more likely that Verner will look at it this way than Condon — is that right now, the voters who want to keep Verner far outnumber the ones that want to replace her with anyone else.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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