By Joe Veyera
The proponents of Seattle’s Proposition 1 are one day closer to seeing the proposed Metropolitan Parks District become a reality, after Wednesday’s election returns widened its lead with a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.
The “for formation” votes were leading the “against formation” votes 52 to 48 percent on election night. As noted by our news partners at The Seattle Times, opponents would need approximately 58 percent of the remaining 40,000 votes to be counted to defeat the measure.
In 36th Legislative District races, incumbent Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and State Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton continue to hold big leads. Kohl-Welles has 82 percent of the vote in her race against Republican Sarina Forbes, while Carlyle and Tarleton have 85 and 86 percent of the vote in races against Republican Leslie Klein and Libertarian Paul Addis.
Longtime Democratic incumbent Jim McDermott holds 77 percent of the vote in the 7th Congressional District race, punching his ticket to the November general election. Who will face him is still unclear, with Republican Craig Keller currently in the lead among challengers with 9 percent, followed by fellow Republican Scott Sutherland and independent candidate Doug McQuaid, each with 6 percent.
The next round of returns is scheduled to be released on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. To look at the full results, click here.