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Tacoma Mayor: Strickland’s lead widens, Merritt’s chances fade

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
November 6, 2009 7:40 pm

Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland’s lead widened further in the latest ballot counts today in the race for Tacoma mayor.

She’s now up by 723 votes — that’s 354 more (almost double) her 369-vote margin from yesterday. Her lead is now 2.54 percentage points with 28,415 total votes counted.

Jim Merritt‘s chances of turning the tide appear to be fading, even though there are still likely thousands of votes to be counted.  In 2005, there were 39,000 ballots counted in the mayor’s race, meaning there could still be 10,000 votes or so to be counted in this year’s race.

But if, in fact, there are that many ballots out, Merritt would have to win roughly 5,400 of the votes to Strickland’s 4,600 votes to overcome the lead.

There may not be 10,000 votes left.  In the 2007 municipal elections,  which had no mayor’s race, there was only 33,000 ballots counted.

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office expects to issue its next round of ballot counts on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Here is where the race stands today:

Tacoma Mayor
NP – Jim Merritt

13,812

48.61%

NP – Marilyn Strickland

14,535

51.15%

Write-In

68

0.24%

Over Votes

6

Under Votes

1,570

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