Photo by Joe Veyera: A strong showing for Durkan on election night.
Photo by Joe Veyera: A strong showing for Durkan on election night.

Update 11/8:

A second day of ballot returns showed Jenny Durkan still leading the Seattle mayoral race at around 60 percent of the vote and, a little before 5 p.m., Cary Moon issued a message to her supporters conceding defeat. While the results might tighten, Moon wrote that it isn't likely that it would be enough to win. She has contacted Durkan to congratulate her on her victory. Read the full statement in the sidebar. 

Original 11/7:

While Jenny Durkan gave her victory speech on Tuesday night, after clinching 60.62 percent of the vote for Seattle mayor, challenger Cary Moon wasn’t ready to concede defeat.

“We’re up against really tough odds,” said Moon after the first general election results dropped on Nov. 7, “and campaign spending for our opponent broke city election records, outspending us more than 3 to 1.The Chamber of Commerce funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Amazon and others into a no-limit PAC for our opponent.

“But Seattle late voters may surprise everyone.”

The urban planner and Durkan, a former U.S. Attorney, have been on the attack since making it through the August primary, and both campaigns currently have finance complaints pending with the Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission.

While Moon was holding out hope Tuesday of making gains over the next several days of ballot counts, the Seattle Times called the mayor’s race that night for Durkan.

“My response to that is, we know there are a lot of voters that voted today, that voted yesterday, and they weren’t counted in the drop,” said Bre Weider, Moon’s campaign manager.

Weider confirmed Moon had earlier stated she believed she would need 45 percent of the initial vote to have a shot.

Moon and Weider pointed out Durkan’s stronger financial backing as a negative, particularly $525,000 the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce put into an independent expenditure campaign for Durkan coming from the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE) that includes Amazon, Vulcan and Starbucks.

“People that have money and corporations have unlimited influence on our government, at all different levels,” Weider told CHT. “I mean you don’t give $2 million to someone unless you want something.”

Durkan thanked her supporters at The Westin shortly after the count came in, saying the election had never been about her or Moon.

“It was about Seattle and the future of Seattle,” she said. “It’s a campaign about what Seattle will be like for that next generation, and you have committed to making it the best Seattle ever.”

Whether Durkan holds her large lead or late ballots turn the tides in favor of Moon, the next Seattle mayor will not have the usual transition time. Tim Burgess has been holding the position since Ed Murray resigned earlier this year after a fifth child sex-abuse allegation and Seattle City Council president Bruce Harrell declined the post.

The next mayor of Seattle should expect to get to work on Nov. 28.

“I am more optimistic today than when I started this race,” Durkan said. “We have our challenges. Affordability is crushing Seattle. The homeless need a home. Our transportation system has challenges. And you know what? I know we’re up to the task, and I know because of everyone in this room, everyone at home, in all the neighborhoods I’m walking, people in Seattle care. We will build a better city, we will build a better future, and we can be proud of it.”

Election results will be updated following the next count on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Brandon Macz and Joe Veyera contributed to this article.