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September 16, 2004

Republicans for Sommers

As I write, state Rep. Helen Sommers is ahead of Alice Woldt in Seattle’s 36th district by about 700 votes. These figures may change, but it looks as if Sommers has been renominated as the Democratic candidate thanks to the crossover votes of Republicans.

Here’s why. Of the votes counted so far (Thursday morning), 87.8 percent are by declared Democrats. The 36th is heavily Democrat, but not by that much. In 2002, Sommers was reelected with 78 percent of the vote and Mary Lou Dickerson, another Democrat, was reelected with 80 percent.

Let’s say the 36th is 80 percent Democrat. But 87.8 percent of those voting in the 36th declared themselves Democrats on Tuesday. It would appear that 7.8 percent of Tuesday’s voters are people who normally vote Republican in November but voted Democrat Tuesday. This group cast more than 1,500 votes, which is double Sommers’ lead over Woldt. And I’d guess that virtually all the Republicans who crossed over to vote Democrat voted for Sommers.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at September 16, 2004 10:27 AM



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