Early returns: Seattle voters supporting tunnel



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle voters appear to be giving the go-ahead to a tunnel project that would reshape the city’s waterfront. Early results in Tuesday’s primary election show a referendum on the plan being approved easily, 60 percent to 40 percent. Thousands of ballots still must be counted.

Officials have been debating how to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct for years.

There were no statewide races on the Washington primary ballot, and about 20 percent of state voters did not have an election to decide Tuesday.

In the Spokane mayor’s race, incumbent Mary Verner took a commanding lead in early results with 61 percent. Challenger David Condon was in second place in the five-way race with 32 percent. The top two advance to the November general election.

In the Bellingham mayor’s race, preliminary results indicate incumbent Dan Pike will face former state legislator Kelli Linville in November. Pike had 39 percent and Linville 40 percent.