One of the surprises in the upcoming election primaries comes to us from far left Seattle, where a Republican leads in the polls, albeit by a small margin. But in a city with no elected Republicans, that in itself is a huge shock.
The candidate, Ann Davison, leads in the polls with 34.6%to three-term incumbent Pete Holmes trailed with 32.8%, followed by Nicole Thomas-Kennedy with 32.2%. The top two will move on to the general election.
Q13 FOX reports:
Could a Republican win in Seattle? Ann Davison leads in primary
Ann Davison found herself in an unusual position Wednesday morning. Davison, a Republican, woke up with a lead in the race for Seattle City Attorney – unheard of in one of the most progressive places in the country.
“It is showing that we can have both compassion and safety when we all come together,” Davison told Q13 News shortly after ballots dropped Tuesday evening. “That’s the main message that I am happy to bring forward and that seems to be what a lot of people want to hear.”
In early returns, Davison led a closely divided race with 34.6% of the vote. Three-term incumbent Pete Holmes trailed with 32.8%, followed by Nicole Thomas-Kennedy with 32.2%.
The top two vote-getters will move ahead to November’s general election.
With candidates separated by such small margins, it is still possible for Davison to be pushed out of contention – especially considering progressives typically perform better in late ballot returns.
Nevertheless, her showing is impressive in a city with zero Republican leadership and reflects an appetite among voters for the Seattle City Attorney’s Office to pursue misdemeanor crimes and repeat offenders more aggressively.
It should be pointed out that since Pete Holmes and Nichole Thomas-Kennedy are Democrats, Davison could be swamped in the general election. But it could also be that Seattle residents are sick and tired of the riots and the fact that prosecution for crimes committed during the riots is seldom held accountable, makes their city unsafe.
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But, just because a Republican leads in the polls shows dissatisfaction in the current DA office. That would explain why a three-term DA is in such a tight race with another Democrat, but it also shows that the people of Seattle are not going to be quick in reversing the liberal policies of the city. At any rate, it is a race that bears watching.