King County released a new batch of returns for the 2017 primary elections. It's good news for mayoral candidate Cary Moon, whose lead over Nikkita Oliver grew by a percentage point for the second spot in the November general election against Jenny Durkan.
With 142,556 ballots counted, urban planner Moon has 23,417 votes (16.72 percent). Activist and attorney Oliver trails Moon by 2,578 votes. Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan continues to hold a comfortable lead with 30.19 percent of votes.
Fourth place candidate Jessyn Farrell also gained votes, from 11.8 percent on Tuesday night to 12.44 percent today.
In a statement to press, Moon once again said she is not claiming victory. "As an engineer, I want to make sure we have our facts right, and as a coalition builder I know it’s going to take all of us working together to ensure our city’s future is not sold to the highest bidder," she said. "Seattle’s voters won’t let the future of our city be sunk by status quo thinking and politics as usual. There is too much at stake. Now is the time for change. We all belong here, and deserve a voice in shaping our city’s future."
In an apparent shot at the mayoral frontrunner, Durkan, Moon added, "I'm encouraged that close to 60% of Seattle's primary election voters chose one of the five leading candidates who was not backed by big corporations and city hall insiders."
In the race for City Council Position 8, tenant advocate Jon Grant started to pull away from business owner Sara Nelson for the second spot in the general election, claiming 25.42 percent of votes to Nelson's 22.66 percent. Grant's campaign already put out a statement Tuesday evening saying he will advance. Whoever comes in second will face Teresa Mosqueda, who leads the race with 31.68 percent of votes.
Position 8 is a citywide position. It is currently held by Tim Burgess, who is retiring from his seat at the end of the year.