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It’s Murray vs. McGinn – Challenger backed by SGN tops primary, mayor runs second

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer State Sen. Ed Murray led the field in the August 6 Seattle mayoral primary, with incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn coming in second place. The two will face off in the November 5 general election. At press time, Murray, who would be Seattle’s first openly Gay mayor, leads McGinn by about 3,000 votes out of 112,880 cast, or 30.38% for Murray as opposed to 27.58% for McGinn. Former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck and current member Bruce Harrell made up the second tier of candidates, with 16.26% and 15.25% of the vote, respectively. All the other challengers finished in single digits. Since election night, Murray and McGinn have widened their lead over their seven opponents as ballots continue to be counted. MOST OPPOSE McGINN
Steinbrueck and Harrell ran as critics of the incumbent, just as Murray did, allowing the frontrunner to conclude that the vast majority

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