This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Dino Rossi’s entry into Washington’s U.S. Senate race bodes well – for voters, if not his party.
Rossi may have but a slim chance of beating Sen. Patty Murray, but he’s the only Republican in the hunt with any chance of besting Murray.
Neither of the other Republican frontrunners, former NFL player Clint Didier and state Sen. Don Benton, are much of a threat to a three-term incumbent with a $6 million war chest. Rossi, with his statewide name recognition and electoral history, will force Murray to defend her record.
Rossi’s showing will depend partly on how the two-time gubernatorial candidate makes the transition from state politician to national hopeful.