The Washington state Senate race 2010 could have gone on for a while. With the Washington state Senate race 2010 being so tight, and with the state used to long recounts and challenges, it appeared set for a long battle. Patty Murray and Dino Rossi were neck and neck the whole way through, even though Murray had a bit of a lead. But with many precincts yet to finish counting, and with Rossi expected to make legal challenges, this could have dragged on for weeks. However, the Washington state Senate race has instead been decided in favor of Murray.
After it became clear that Rossi’s deficit was growing, the Republican challenger finally conceded last night. Democrats feared that this battle could decide control of the Senate, but instead, it merely adds on to their saved majority.
The Washington state Senate race 2010 was settled, after Murray opened up a lead with ballots in King County. Before Rossi conceded, Murray had 51 percent of the vote, and 941,361 votes overall. As for Rossi, he had 49 percent, and 894,897 votes.
With Murray ahead by almost 50,000 votes, it was too great a deficit to overcome with the final 20 percent of precincts. Therefore, instead of waiting for the count to end, and instead of filing legal motions, Rossi gave in last night.
Now that the Washington state Senate race 2010 is finished, so are the Democrats in the midterms. Alaska remains undecided, but two Republicans are battling it out for that seat. Therefore, it appears the next Congress will just have 53 Democrats in it.
Although the Democrats lost six seats overall, that is still far from the worst case scenario, and far better than what happened in the House. Their majority is narrower now, yet having 53 seats is better than having 50 or 51, since they now have a little more wiggle room.
As for the individuals involved, the Washington state Senate race 2010 results kept Murray and Rossi on their respective streaks. Murray was elected for the fourth straight time, although this was her greatest challenger ever. Meanwhile, Rossi has once again tasted defeat, after losing two consecutive battles for the Governor’ s seat.
Murray’s victory wasn’t as crucial for the Democrats as they feared, but they will take it anyway. Meanwhile, Republican candidates have been on a losing streak after Election Day. Ken Buck finally lost in Colorado, while Joe Miller is in big trouble against Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.
But with the Washington state Senate race over, all eyes will now be on Alaska in the next few weeks, as the new Senate is missing just one more member.
CBS News- “Patty Murray Prevails Against Dino Rossi in Tight Washington Senate Race”
Yahoo News- “2010 Elections: Full Results”