Seattle’s 2021 general election results have long since been decided, but there’s plenty to glean from recently-released data that provides a broader picture of how moderate candidates prevailed over their more progressive counterparts.
Red-lining, race, and wealth continue to form borders between Seattle voters
In the race for mayor, Bruce Harrell took nearly 59% of votes, driven largely by a virtual clean sweep of wealthy neighborhoods along Seattle’s eastern and western coastlines. That saw him prevail over challenger Lorena Gonzalez in areas like Magnolia, Queen Anne, Madison Park, Ballard, and Alki, among others. Harrell also made inroads in several areas Gonzalez had won in the August primary, including parts of Green Lake, Sand Point, West Seattle, Lake City, and Northgate.
Similar trends were seen in the Position 9 at-large city council race between Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver, the former of whom won by a 54% to 46% margin. Nelson’s core voting bloc also came from Seattle’s coastlines, while flipping precincts in Lake City, Greenwood, and North Seattle that she had previously lost in the primary. Conversely, Oliver took a nearly uninterrupted bloc of neighborhoods between Capitol Hill and Rainier Valley, excepting precincts directly along the eastern coastline of the city facing Lake Washington.
The battle for city attorney ended up with the closest margin of victory among Seattle’s 2021 races, with Republican Ann Davison edging out abolitionist Nicole Thomas-Kennedy by a 52% to 48% gap. Davison ultimately won on the strength of many of the same coastal neighborhoods Harrell and Nelson prevailed in,

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