Chong’s Lead Grows In Bid To Remain In Mayoral Race

SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 1997

With 77 percent of the absentee ballots tallied, Charlie Chong widened the gap Friday in his primary-election battle with Greg Nickels for a spot on the November ballot in the mayoral race.

Paul Schell, a Port of Seattle commissioner, took the lead on election night, with 27 percent of the vote. With the absentees still coming in, he’d increased his total Friday to 28 percent, with 27,740 votes.

The new totals showed both City Councilman Chong and King County Council veteran Nickels with 21 percent.

But Chong had increased his lead from the 150 votes of Wednesday to 646 votes. He had 21,329 votes to Nickels’ 20,683.

The winner will face Schell in the general election Nov. 4.

About 61,000 absentee ballots came in Tuesday, and election officials counted about 44,601 more on Friday, said Larry Alcantara, manager of the county elections office.

That leaves about 29,600 to be counted Monday, he said.

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