Dem Patty Murray Wins Senate Seat In Washington

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Dino Rossi conceded about an hour ago and gave Patty Murray her 4th term in the Senate.

From The Seattle Times comes the reality:

As of Thursday evening, Murray was leading Rossi by more than 45,000 votes, taking 51 percent to Rossi’s 49 percent. That’s up from a 14,000-vote lead on Election Day.

According to a Seattle Times analysis, Rossi would need to get about 54 percent of the estimated 591,000 uncounted ballots statewide to overcome Murray’s lead.

But nearly 264,000 of those ballots are in King County. Murray’s already commanding lead there has only expanded since Election Day. She took 68 percent of the 69,000 King County ballots counted Thursday.

And there it is. Washington stays with the Dems.

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    Given what happened in the House, it is hard to overstate how important the Washington, Colorado and Nevada wins were for the Dems. The more they put in the bank this cycle, the better the chances of surviving likely 2012 losses. Although the odds are still against them, it is certainly conceivable that with an improved economy and some serious course corrections by the administration, they can limit their losses to 3 seats in 2012 and retain the Senate.

    It also will make it easier to convince Murkowski to caucus Dem for the next two years – and why shouldn’t she? If she can get a committee chair and bring home some more bacon, she can rationalize it to the folks at home, just like Liebermann does for Connecticut.

  • Alistair


    Looks like the economy is starting to pick up. And with President Obama going overseas to India and South Korea we could see more private sector jobs really pick. What a coquincedince since the GOP took over the House.


  • Alistair


    Also since you said that you would vote for President Obama then you should start campaigning and raising money for him.

  • Tully

    mw, see my other comments on Murkowski. She has chosen to dance with the one that brung her if she prevails — the Alaskan oil money and the coal companies. She caucuses GOP if she keeps her seat as ranking member on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. So the final count is 53/47 no matter how you cut it, unless the GOP doesn’t give her her wish. And they will.

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    First, I’m a blogger – that means I don’t campaign and raise money myself, I just give my opinion of what I think everyone else should do regarding campaign support and contributions. Blogger Union rules. Take it up with the my shop steward. BTW – I do think you should campaign and raise money for President Obama.

    This works out well for all of us, as you get clear voting direction and it leaves me more time and money for fishing and golf.

    In any case, it’s a little premature, Don’t you think? Since he has not said officially he is running, there is no campaign on either side, we don’t know if he will be primaried by progressives (or moderate) Dems, we don’t know who will be running against him, and we don’t know if Bloomberg or someone else will mount an independent campaign.

    What is important for the divided government voting heuristic, is that the Republicans not get one party control in 2012. As I said, right now it looks like the best way to make sure that happens is to re-elect Obama in 2012. We have plenty of time to see if that supposition is correct. It took me nine months before I changed teams after the 2006 midterms.

    But thanks for the suggestion. I’ll give it all the consideration it is due.