Darcy Burner lost ground after yesterday’s ballot dumps, and now trails Dave Reichert by about 1,800 votes, with about half the ballots counted. And of course, that’s a very discouraging trend.
That said, it may not represent a trend at all, as at the moment we have absolutely no idea where these ballots came from, either geographically or temporaly. These could be early absentees. These could be recent arrivals. These could be a random sample. Your guess is as good as mine.
For those following the results from outside Washington state, it is important to remember that unlike neighboring Oregon, ballots must merely be postmarked by election day, and they’ll continue to arrive for days. So once (if?) King and Pierce counties catch up with the ballots on hand we’ll have a much better idea of the status of this race.