In figures crunched by McKenna and his campaign chief Randy Pepple, the 36th and 43rd Districts, covering much of northwest and central Seattle, gave Inslee a combined margin of 97,600 votes as he won statewide by 94,000 vote. ... Overall, the Attorney General received just 21 percent of the vote in Washington’s largest city.
Huh. A few thoughts. The first being: You're welcome. For in blaming Seattle for his ass-whooping, McKenna is also indirectly crediting The Stranger's political writers for effectively educating their Seattle readers. And while Eli certainly deserves a share of the glory, he doesn't need it, so I'm claiming all of it for myself. I SINGLEHANDEDLY COST ROB MCKENNA THE ELECTION! You're welcome. (Also, how'd all those free Seattle Times ads work out for you, Rob?)
Second: What incredibly stupid math. I suppose you could blame the 36th and 43rd for the combined 97,600 vote margin they handed Jay Inslee, or you could blame King County as a whole for the much larger 234,166 vote deficit McKenna accumulated there. The point is, as poorly as McKenna did in Seattle, he could have overcome that margin had he done just a little better everywhere else. For example, McKenna trailed Rossi's 2008 percentages in a number of red counties (against an incumbent) while trailing Rossi's 2004 performance almost across the board. McKenna proved to be less appealing to Republicans than Rossi.
Third: Why does McKenna hate black people? He's gonna hand the credit to 36th and the 43rd, where he got 23.9 percent and 17.3 percent of the vote respectively? Well what about the culturally diverse 37th, where McKenna only got 16.9 percent of the vote? Sure, it's convenient to point to the 36th and 43rd because their margins add up to more than that 94,000 number, but it's not particularly meaningful in itself.
Throughout his campaign, McKenna displayed a fondness for numbers but an inability to actually understand them, a failure demonstrated once again in his post-election analysis. There was nothing particularly remarkable about McKenna's Seattle performance. In fact, he actually outperformed Rossi's 2008 Seattle results, both percentage-wise and in raw numbers.
So while I'd love to take credit for his defeat, McKenna's problem wasn't The Stranger, and it wasn't Seattle. It was McKenna.