November 18, 2004


Democratic suburbs abandon Gregoire (CHRIS MCGANN AND ANGELA GALLOWAY, November 18, 2004, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

Suburban counties that haven't swung Republican in more than two decades helped Dino Rossi finish ahead in Washington's suspenseful race for governor.

He won by more than 6,000 votes in Snohomish County and more than 12,000 in Pierce County -- places Democratic gubernatorial candidates have dominated in every election since 1980.

Democrat Christine Gregoire easily took populous King County by more than 150,000 votes, and led in left-leaning counties such as Thurston, Grays Harbor, Cowlitz and Whatcom. But Rossi's 31-county winning streak fell only eight short of a statewide sweep.

That was no accident. Since being elected as state Republican Party chairman four years ago, Chris Vance has been targeting what he calls the "suburban crescent" -- counties such as Pierce and Snohomish that don't share urban King County's love for all things liberal.

"The Democrats love to brag about how they are making inroads in east King County, which, I have to admit, they are," Vance said. "But that is being offset by the enormous gains we are making in Pierce, Snohomish, Clark, Skagit, Mason -- everywhere else.

"King County is becoming more Democratic, but the rest of the state is becoming more Republican. This governor's race is really demonstrating that."

The Democrats are developing into a party that holds only the cities--and only on the national level, as Republicans mayors in places like NYC show--and cedes everything else (except, perhaps, for beachfront properties).

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2004 6:25 PM

I sense that WA is drifting red-ward like my native MN, only a bit slower.

Posted by: Gideon at November 19, 2004 4:15 AM

Californication and the influence of Hollywood idiots on young, college-educated voters are an anchor to any slide to the GOP. The lack of unity in the Washington GOP has not helped either.

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 6:38 AM

"The Democrats are developing into a party that holds only the cities"

...and the college towns.

Posted by: curt at November 19, 2004 9:31 AM

The Democrats are developing into a party that holds only the cities...

Like Chiang Kai-Shek did in 1949?
And Batista in 1959?

They held the cities, while their enemy (Mao & Castro) only held the rest of the country.

Posted by: Ken at November 19, 2004 2:00 PM