Hutchison concedes in King Co exec race

Hutchison concedes in King Co exec race
SEATTLE -- Former TV anchor Susan Hutchison has conceded in the race for King County executive.

Hutchison conceded on Wednesday night after King County released its second round of poll results, which showed a wider gap between Hutchison and her opponent, King County Council Chairman Dow Constantine.

"This afternoon I called my opponent, Dow Constantine, to congratulate him on his election to King County Executive. Because the new Executive has only a few weeks until taking office, I want him to be able to move forward quickly to accomplish an orderly transition," Hutchison said in a statement.

Wednesday's numbers showed Constantine in the lead with 58 percent of the votes and Hutchison trailing with 42 percent, leaving in between them a gap of more than 45,000 votes.

Hutchison's concession came nearly a day after Constantine declared victory on Election Night.

Gov. Chris Gregoire also offered her congratulations to Constantine on Tuesday night, but Hutchison refused to concede, stating only 39 percent of the ballots had been counted.

On Election Night, Constantine led Hutchison with roughly 57 percent to her 43 percent - a gap of more than 34,000 votes.