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November 6, 2007 11:37 PM

More from Seattle's newest city council member

Posted by David Postman

Will Mari has this late-night report from Tim Burgess' victory party:

Soon after new results were posted at 11 p.m., Burgess made a preliminary victory speech. After hearing what Della had said, Burgess called his supporters to attention.

"Sixty-one percent ain't bad. I look forward to being your city council member for the next four years."

He acknowledged that his final vote tally may dip slightly from where it was late tonight. But he was being treated as the clear winner. Council members Tom Rasmussen, Peter Steinbrueck, Jean Godden, Jan Drago and Sally Clark stopped by to pass along congratulations, along with former Seattle mayor Charles Royer.

"He was saying for days that he was going to lose," said Burgess' daughter Kim, who works for the United Way of New York.

But that doesn't appear to be the case.

"Drinks are on Tim!" yelled a man from the crowd.

"I'm not sure about that," Burgess said.

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