The Washington state election results 2010 had a lot of expectations. Since the Washington state election results 2010 stood to be tight, it was projected as a race that could decide senatorial control. But even though the Democrats don’t need Patty Murray to keep the Senate for them, they still want her to win and increase their majority. As for the Republicans, Dino Rossi is also less and more valuable to them, as they still hope to make up more ground in the Senate. Thus far, the results are still too close to call, as the counting may just be getting started.
Patty Murray is trying to win a fourth term in the Senate, but it has been an uphill battle against Republican challenger Dino Rossi. Yet the President and all of his famous allies pushed for Murray in the final days and weeks, since this could have been a battle to decide the entire Senate.
Although the Washington state election results aren’t that important anymore, Murray and Rossi are still going at it past Election Day. According to Yahoo News, Murray has a slight lead on Rossi as of 10:10 a.m. est, with only 62 percent of precincts reporting. Nevertheless, Murray has 722,396 votes to Rossi’s 708,391.
Like in Colorado and Alaska, this battle may not be settled for several days, or even weeks. In this case, with so many precincts still left to count, it will take days to finish the initial count. If it remains this close, then a recount will occur, and could last for some time.
Rossi is already used to a long, drawn-out recount fight, as he didn’t lose in his 2004 campaign for governor until the next summer. Thus far, the Washington election results don’t appear to be as close, since Rossi lost by 129 votes in 2004, the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history.
Murray has had close elections before as well, but none have gone like this. Yet she remains ahead, and today’s counting will include ballots from Democratic-friendly King County. But given how close things have been, and the state’s recent trend of long recounts, she may need a particularly big surge to seal this away early.
Democratic incumbents had a mixed record last night, as Russ Feingold went down in Wisconsin, although Harry Reid held on in Nevada. Once the Washington races are settled, it will either be another example of anger over Democratic incumbents or a sign that this trend wasn’t as bad as expected.
Yahoo News- “2010 Election: Full Results”
CBS News- “Counting Continues in 3 Ultra-Close Senate Races”