A commenter suggest that Sawant could get 40% of the vote. That sounds plausible to me; people are angry at the Republicans; and Richard Conlin -- while not even remotely right-wing -- is an established figure. If she gets 40%, she would have run a very credible race indeed.
So she'll be encouraged to run again.
But then, people will start to take hers seriously and ask "What is a socialist plan at the CITY level? Things Seattle can actually do?"
1. have real, good ideas;
2. move to the middle by making it "Socialism with a Smiley Face";
3. talk nonsense and lose support.
In any case, it is fascinating. I voted for her in the primary but I heard her speak and she just didn't make a lot of sense. Which is too bad as the Council does need some fresh blood.