Election Night Burner Claims a Mandate for Change in the 8th District
posted by August 19 at 21:35 PMon
Speaking to a mass of cheering (and noticeably young) supporters here at the Mustard Seed in Newport Hills, eastside Democrat Darcy Burner said that the primary vote count shows a demand for change in the 8th District. “More than 50-percent of the voters are voting for change,” Burner told the SECB after addressing the crowd.
As the SECB stood scratching its head trying to figure out how Burner’s current 44-percent of the vote equals “more than 50-percent,” a supporter filled us in on the new math: Burner and four no-chance challengers collectively have just under 53-percent of the vote, while Reichert has 47-percent. If you’re talking about individual totals, Reichert is in the lead. No one else has more than his 47-percent. But if you group all the other candidates together under a “change” mantle, then yes, a majority of the 8th District appears to be voting for change.
But, to be clear, in the head-to-head Burner is trailing Reichert, 44-percent to 47-percent. Still, Burner told us, the result “puts us in a tremendously strong position going into November.”
And, new math aside, it’s generally not a good sign for a two-term incumbent like Reichert to be getting less than 50-percent in his district.