2010 Election results are coming in for Washington State, and Patty Murray has defeated Dino Rossi in the race for U.S. Senate. Murray will now begin her fourth term in office, maintaining the seat that she has held since 1992 in Washington State. The end results were probably closer than she would have preferred, but in politics a win is a win. There are also quite a few votes that haven’t been counted at this point, but the projection has been made that the gap between Rossi and Senator Murray in the current vote totals is enough to declare a winner finally.
After Murray had received significantly more support than any other candidate in the Washington State Primary, Rossi has been able to close that gap, and at one point even found himself leading in the polls. That lead had evaporated in recent months, putting Murray back on top in the state. They held one additional debate after those polls came out, and Murray ended up leading the final poll before the election took place.
The state was split as expected, with the East side of the state (Spokane Area) mostly favoring Dino Rossi as their candidate, and the West side (Seattle area) favoring Patty Murray. These election results haven’t been confirmed or made official in the state of Washington just yet though, but it is expected to come at some point on Friday. The vote counting took nearly three full days just to get to this point, and there are still thousands of uncounted ballots that counties are trying to work their way through.
The updated vote totals:
Patty Murray (941,361) — 51.27%
Dino Rossi (894,897) — 48.73%