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Spin Control

Verner beat the field in most precincts

Map of Spokane city precincts vote in the Mayor's race, showing where incumbent Mary Verner beat all challengers in the Aug. 16 primary. Map uses vote totals from election night. (Jim Camden)
Map of Spokane city precincts vote in the Mayor's race, showing where incumbent Mary Verner beat all challengers in the Aug. 16 primary. Map uses vote totals from election night. (Jim Camden)

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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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