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Must-read: How an underdog named Mike McGinn took Seattle’s City Hall

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Moments after the first returns were posted in the Seattle mayor’s race, Mike McGinn’s volunteer field director took the stage at the Capitol Hill party. “It’s still really, really close,” Derek Farmer shouted. “We need everybody that has a phone to help.” What happened next has become campaign lore among McGinn supporters. Partygoers set down their beers, accepted scripts, phone sheets and pay-as-you-go cellphones, and The War Room bar became an impromptu phone bank to contact voters who hadn’t yet…

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