Overview and Live Results: Nonpartisan Mayoral Primaries in Seattle and Detroit

August 3, 2021

Headlining Tuesday's election calendar are special party primaries in two Ohio congressional districts. There are also party primaries for two vacant State Senate seats in Michigan and nonpartisan mayoral primaries in both Detroit and Seattle.

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Mayoral Primary Elections

On Tuesday, Seattle and Detroit will hold nonpartisan primaries for mayor. The top two finishers in each will advance to the November 2 general election.

City rankings are based on July 1, 2020 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is the 18th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 770,000. The current mayor is Democrat Jenny Durkan, who is completing her first term after being elected in 2017. She is not seeking reelection. 

There are 15 candidates on the ballot. The six most prominent are: Colleen Echohawk, Jessyn Farrell, Lorena Gonzalez, Bruce Harrell, Andrew Grant Houston and Casey Sixkiller. All appear to be Democrats. 

In a mid-July poll, Bruce Harrell, the former City Council president, led the field with 20%.  Lorena Gonzalez, who succeeded Harrell, was second with 12%.  Colleen Echohawk was narrowly behind at 10%.  The other three notables were between 4% and 6%.  Harrell would seem to be in decent shape for one of the top two positions. However, with 32% still undecided, it is not a sure thing.

Polls close at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is the 24th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 665,000. The current mayor is Democrat Mike Duggan. He is seeking a 3rd four-year term. In 2017, Duggan was reelected with about 72% of the vote. 

Duggan is expected to advance and looks to be a heavy favorite to win a third term in November. His most well-known opponent in the ten-person field is former Deputy Mayor Anthony Adams.

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

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