NEWS: Thanks to an influx of late-counted votes, Breean Beggs has won the race for Spokane City Council president.
Make no mistake, Councilman Breean Beggs was absolutely crushed in the August primary. He got less than 36 percent of the vote — while more conservative candidates like Mike Fagan and Cindy Wendle tallied up more than 56 percent of the vote. And so with that in mind, last month, Beggs gave the Inlander a prediction:
“I believe I will have a fairly decisive victory,” he said. He was wrong — his victory wasn't decisive. In fact, he was behind in much of the vote. But he did narrowly pull out a victory as the vote slowly trickled in.
Primaries are very different from general elections, Beggs argued. And this primary was very different from the general election.
"Your typical primary in a municipal election, you have about 30,000 voters,” he explained. “This year we had 49,000; 19,000 of those were first-time primary voters.”
The reason, he says, was because of the oodles of independent expenditures from groups like the Washington Association of Realtors. “We had no independent expenditures trying to rally nonvoters to vote [during the primary],” Beggs says. “We just focused on the people who normally vote.”
unrecognizable Spokane. Second, she put out a campaign ad that photoshopped Beggs' head onto some other guy's body.
It ran contrary to her campaign message arguing that she'd be the better candidate when it came to compromise.
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