Evan Smith: Tracey holds 206-vote lead over Ryu

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By Evan Smith 
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Shoreline City Council candidate Shari Tracey continued to hold her lead over incumbent Councilwoman Cindy Ryu in the Tuesday vote count. Tracey’s lead continued to slip but at a slowing pace.
Tracey’s lead of 206 votes was down from the 216-vote lead she had Monday. I had mistakenly said in my last post that the Monday lead was 218 votes.
Ryu got 31 of the 52 votes counted Tuesday.
Ryu’s ten-vote gain is far less than the 23+ votes per day that she needs to gain for the next eight days to take the lead.
With the current number of votes, Ryu would need to cut the lead to 80 votes to force a recount. That would take a gain of 126 votes – 15.75 per day.
The new votes coming in tend to be foreign votes – probably votes that would favor incumbent Ryu, but we can expect fewer to arrive each day.
Tracey has 50.5 percent of the vote to 49.2 percent for Ryu.

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