November 9, 2004

AS WA GOES RED:

Governor (KOMO-TV, 11/09/04)

Precincts Reporting: 6686 Of 6686 100%

Candidate Incumbent Votes Vote %

Dino ROSSI 1,286,534 48%

Christine GREGOIRE 1,284,411 48%

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2004 8:51 PM
Comments

And the recounts/legal challenges should be done just in time for Gregoire to run for reelection in '08.

Besides, the Dems will claim he doesn't have any mandate so he won't get anything done unless he "reaches across the aisle" to heal a bitterly divided Washington. (sarcasm off)

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 9:11 PM

Only when the next earthquake or Rainier eruption sends the left half of King County to the bottom of the sound!

Actually AWW, this isn't much closer than Cantwell/Gorton in 2000. Absent any obvious fraud, I wouldn't expect much electioneering.

Since the Donks took control of both houses of the legislature, he'll be tested. Hope he has a lot of blue pencils...

Posted by: TimF at November 9, 2004 9:20 PM

Washington has very good election laws, and a very good, Republican Secretary of State. The lawyers will have very little to do out here. For nailbiting, up to the minute analysis, both myself and Stefan Sharkansky are paying way too much attention.

The short of it is that if things go the way they have been so far (and all indications are that Rossi is doing better with these late ballots than with the previously counted ones), Rossi should win by 3,000 votes, enough to avoid a recount. Even if Gregoire increases her lead in King County by 3.3%, Rossi ekes out a win.

Posted by: Timothy at November 9, 2004 9:34 PM

Drivng home from work the radio announcer stated that if the margin of victory was less than 2000 votes there would be an automatic recount. They also said there were more than 100,000 votes left to be counted.

AWW - One can only hope that Rossi's use of the veto can stop the efforts of the legislature to destroy the economy with taxes and regulations.

Posted by: Pat H at November 9, 2004 10:33 PM

Slightly OT - Is it just WA or are there other states still counting votes? Is there a chance Bush breaks 60MM in total votes? Is there a chance Bush can pick up WI or Kerry pick up states where he was close (IA, NM)? Any idea on if the 130K margin in Ohio is holding?

Posted by: AWW at November 9, 2004 11:04 PM

It's just the Upper Left Washington (mostly). and this isn't official, yet, and won't be for another week.

There are reports of efforts to reverse New Mexico's presidential results by "finding" enough votes. But here you can send in your absentee up to 2000 on Election Day, and so we get to have ballots dribble in for days.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 9, 2004 11:30 PM

It is good to see that woman get her comeuppance for her shameless extortion of the tobacco companies.

Posted by: carter at November 10, 2004 1:42 AM

Washington state accepts absentee ballots mailed on the day of the election. A local TV station said that Alaska was the only other state with that provision. About a third of the state votes by mail now, so many votes were not even received until the Thursday or Friday after the election.

There are also -- and this may delay matters still more -- a large number of provisional ballots this year. (I'll be saying more about them on my site today.)

Posted by: Jim Miller at November 10, 2004 6:57 AM
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