u 2011 Washington General Election

Spokane Mayor, City of Spokane

About this race

This race pits incumbent Mayor Mary Verner against challenger David Condon, a former congressional aide. Verner was the runaway favorite in the five-way August primary, capturing an unprecedented 60 percent of all primary ballots cast. Condon secured his spot as November challenger with a distant second place finish in the primary, capturing barely half as many votes.

Last updated: Nov. 14, 4:59 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
David Condon 30,768 52.36%
Mary Verner 27,991 47.64%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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