Mayor Ed Murray is seriously entertaining the idea of running a write-in campaign for re-election, six weeks after dropping his re-election bid in the midst of allegations that he sexually abused teenagers while he was in his 30s.
"I'm going to do a poll and make a decision next week," Murray said when asked during a press conference today whether he was planning to launch a new bid for mayor. The possibility of a write-in campaign was first raised last week when Delvonn Heckard, a man who said Murray raped and molested him in the 1980s, dropped his lawsuit against Murray.
Two polls released today tested Murray's viability and indicated that he might have a shot.
In one poll, done by Suvey USA for KUOW and KING 5, 33 percent of respondents said that "if Ed Murray were on the ballot," they would vote for him. Surveyors made calls for that poll both before and after Heckard dropped the sexual assault lawsuit against the mayor. Another poll, completed by Wilson Strategic, found that 21.5 percent of respondents would switch from their first choice (one of the six current frontrunners for mayor) to Murray if he ran. All of them were asked after the lawsuit was withdrawn.
The polls are the first since the mayor's race heated up. That's why they're attracting attention from city politcos today despite representing only a fraction of voters. The Wilson Strategic poll reached 475 people, all by landline. The KUOW/KING 5 poll reached 800 registered voters, but on the mayoral question only considered 503 of them. They were reached either by landline or on smartphones and tablets. There are about 461,500 total registered voters in Seattle, according to King County elections.