Dino Rossi is a Republican.
That’s no surprise to anyone in Washington not living under a rock, but there was a question whether this year’s ballot would feature Rossi as a “Republican” or “GOP” candidate for U.S. Senate.
He filed today to be listed on the ballot as “Prefers Republican Party.” This year, that label isn’t perceived as negatively as it was two years ago when he chose “Prefers GOP Party” instead.
It also could reduce the chances that the state Democratic Party will sue to make candidates give their parties’ real names.
The other major Republicans in the race, Paul Akers and Clint Didier, have both announced they will file today.
A couple more newcomers to the race also filed. Charles Allen of Seattle and Bob Burr of Bellingham are both Democrats.