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Democrats are solidifying grasp on state House, Senate

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm | No Comments »
November 4, 2010 5:55 pm

It is the opposite of what happened in the August primary. Rather than see their leads shrink as later-arriving mail-in ballots are counted, Democrats nearly across the board are seeing narrow leads become slighty more-comfortable leads.

And in one key race, the 25th Legislative District between incumbent Dawn Morrell and GOP challenger Hans Zeiger, an election night deficit is now a small Morrell lead.

Democrats in the state Senate have already lost four seats, seeing their 31-seat majority fall to 27. But three races that were close on election night – and could have given the Republicans a majority had all three broken their way – are instead seeing growing Democratic advantages.

In the 30th District. Senate Majority Floor Leader Tracey Eide was up by just 1.5 percent of the vote Tuesday. She now leads opponent Tony Moore by 2.5 percent or 664 votes out of 26,272 cast.

Sen. Rodney Tom of the North King County 48th District now enjoys a 2 percentage point lead after having just a half-point lead Tuesday night.

And even Steve Hobbs of the 44th District who was nearly tied with GOP challenger Dave Schmidt has a 93-vote lead. Snohomish County still has votes to report Thursday night.

House Democrats have likely lost six seats off of their 62-two seat advantage. Another five seats were within 1.5 percentage points on election night. But in the two counts since then, all five incumbents have either gained the lead (Morrell) or expanded them (Tami Green in the 28th, Kathy Haig in the 35th, Hans Dunshee in the 44th and Ross Hunter in the 48th).

In addition, Troy Kelley’s lead over Republican Steve O’Ban has grown from 3 percent election night to 5 point now.

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