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Durkan takes early lead in Seattle mayor race

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SEATTLE -

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan has taken a strong early lead in a Seattle race for mayor that will give the booming liberal city its first female mayor since the 1920s.
  
Seattle voters were choosing between Durkan and urban planner Cary Moon to replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year amid accusations of sexual abuse.
  
Durkan had captured nearly 61 percent of the first votes tallied by Tuesday evening in the all mail-in election. Moon had tallied just over 39 percent of the vote.
  
Neither candidate has previously run for elected office. Seattle voters in August narrowed the field of 21 mayoral candidates down to Moon and Durkan.
  
Ballot counting will continue over the next several days.
  
Because Murray resigned, the winner of the election will take office as soon as the election is certified in late November, instead of January.

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