Posts tagged: Spokane mayor’s race
Because several people have asked, we went back to look at the vote totals of the August primary for Spokane mayor, to compare with the current count in the general election.
It's a bit tricky, because the primary featured five candidates — four challengers and incumbent Mary Verner, who finished first with nearly 60 percent of the vote. David Condon finished second with about 33 percent. But she won almost all the precincts.
This map shows the difference between Verner's vote totals in each precinct and the combined totals of all “non-Verner votes”, that is, all the challengers on the ballot, the write-ins and the Under Votes that have no one chosen in that race.
Again, Verner won most precincts, but she had some weaknesses where the total of all non-Verner votes was greater than her vote count.
Compare this map with the latest results (above) where she leads in the city's core on the lower South Hill, but he's leading in most of the surrounding precincts.
A look at the precinct breakdown for the City of Spokane Mayor's race shows that incumbent Mary Verner carried the city's central core, but challenger David Condon is leading her in precincts all around that center.
And he's winning big in some heavy voting precincts in northwest Spokane and the upper South Hill.
The race isn't over, but Condon can probably rest easier tonight than Verner
Former Democratic County Chairman and one-time congressional candidate Tom Keefe said today he is reaching outside his normal partisan boundaries to endorse David Condon in the mayor's race.
Officially, municipal races in Spokane are non-partisan. But sometimes the county organization or prominent party members endorse candidates who are politically well aligned. When that happens, it's sometimes considered news, but rarely is it NEWS.
But this is not one of those cases. Instead, it's an instance of a longtime Democrat endorsing a known Republican. Keefe is a former congressional aide whose service goes all the way back to Warren G. Magnuson; he ran for Congress against Republican Rep. George Nethercutt in 2000.
Condon is the former district manager to Nethercutt's successor, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and a GOP campaigner before becoming a candidate.
The reason for the cross-party endorsement? The Otto Zehm case…