November 10, 2009 in City

McGinn wins Seattle mayoral race

Associated Press
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Mike McGinn smiles at supporters at McGinn headquarters on Monday after Joe Mallahan conceded the Seattle mayor’s race. Seattle Times
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SEATTLE – T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan conceded defeat Monday in the race for Seattle mayor, handing environmental attorney Mike McGinn a victory in the state’s biggest city.

Mallahan conceded after the latest batch of results from King County showed McGinn had more than doubled his lead, to nearly 5,000 votes. “Voters of Seattle responded to Mike McGinn’s message, and I congratulate him for it,” Mallahan said at a Monday evening news conference.

Shortly after, McGinn spoke to his campaign volunteers, calling Mallahan a “gentleman” who cares deeply about the city. Supporters of the Sierra Club activist chanted “We want Mike!” as he walked into his campaign office.

“Look around this room, at the people here. Know what you did. Know how hard you worked. Know how you talked to people … and everybody today, we did it,” McGinn said.

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