The people have spoken

SEPTEMBER 21: The “Vote” sign at the door to City Hall points the way to Ward 5 Precinct 2. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Primary elections are preliminaries for the big event on November 2.

In this primary, it can be said that many people have voted and many have had their say.

The primary numbers don’t compare with the final election tallies.

The final election will bring out many more voters than in the primary.

But the primary sets the tone for what is to follow.

In many respects, the primary is the election, except to say, primary winners, can down in flames in the election.

Second place finishers can battle to the top in the election and defeat the primary winner.

We’ve witnessed such political events during a long life. Margins are important.
Wide margins of loss in the primary are sometimes almost impossible to bridge in the election.

Yet many primary second placers can work hard and smart and finish off the primary winner in the finale on November 2. We learn that political campaigns are all idiosyncratic.

What does this mean?

When you boil all of this speculation down, idiosyncratic means that each and every primary and election is different. Each and every campaign is unto itself with a different set of variables.

Even though many primaries appear to be the same, they are, each and every one of them, different.

Just as each day that dawns in our lives is different from the day before, each and every election is different.

The outcome of this primary was expected by some and not expected at all by many others.

The only thing we know for certain is that primary finishes are hard to call.

It is a bit like playing roulette when you get right down to it.

The magical part of the primary is dissecting the finish and breaking down the vote and determining just what happened and why.

Tuesday’s primary was impossible to call.

We had a situation where none of the three mayoral candidates knew with any certainty what exactly was going to take place by the time the polls closed.

This is what makes primaries and elections so exciting at times.

This is absolute.

When the first ward and precinct numbers were announced at city hall outside of the city clerk’s office Tuesday night, those who know and understand voting trends in Everett understood saw clearly what was about to take place.

In that moment, inside city hall, dreams of victory were celebrated.

Defeat was met with bitterness and not much joy.

The voters of Everett have spoken for who they want to run for mayor on November 2.

The winning candidates wasted no time starting up their campaigns. From that minute on from the announcement of the first ward and precinct results, it is a political race to November 2.

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