Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant has pulled narrowly ahead of longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in updated vote totals.
Sawant, the first socialist to make a general election for Seattle City Council in 22 years, led Conlin by 41 votes – 79,751 to 79,710 — in the latest update. That translates to a 49.91 percent to 49.88 percent lead.
The Seattle Times reports:
Countywide, King County Elections estimates there are about 62,000 ballots still to be processed. The number for Seattle is probably closer to one-third of that.
Officials also estimate there are about 9,700 ballots, again countywide, whose signatures have been challenged. Both campaigns worked over the weekend to identify and help any supporters with challenged signatures.
Sawant has called for rent controls, a $15 minimum wage, a tax on millionaires and for the nationalization of Amazon.
A mandatory machine recount will be triggered if the race is within 2,000 votes and 0.5 percent.