Republican Dino Rossi has called Sen. Patty Murray to concede, making it official: Murray has won a fourth term in the Senate.
After a hard-fought and expensive election and three days of ballot counting, Murray opened up an insurmountable lead of nearly 50,000 votes on Rossi out of 1.8 million votes cast. Of more than 600,000 votes left to be counted, nearly half are in King County, where Rossi is losing badly.
While Rossi gained today in places like Spokane County, he lost a little ground in Kitsap County and in Pierce County, where his lead shrank by about 800 votes.
The Democrat will hold a 7:30 p.m. press conference to declare victory.
This evening, I called Senator Murray to offer my congratulations on her re-election to the U.S. Senate.I ran for the Senate because I believe we need a basic course correction from where Washington, D.C. has been taking us and to make sure this country is as free, as strong and as prosperous in the future as it has been in the past to preserve the best of America for future generations.
That was a message that found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough.
We’re sending at least one new person, maybe two, to Congress to represent Washington State. We elected a host of new people to the state legislature — all on the message of controlling spending and helping the private sector grow, saying no to government overreach and confronting some very difficult challenges in front of us.
You’ve heard me say during this campaign that the problems we face are too big for one political party. They are, and I can say that with absolute certainty.
It is my hope that the new House and Senate will address them seriously, responsibly, and in a bipartisan way. I hope the President and Senate Democrats will join the new House majority to face these problems head on rather than leaving them for the next Congress or the next generation.
My hope going forward is that our representatives in Washington, D.C. will be thinking about how an issue affects Bellevue, Bellingham or Bingen, not the D.C. Beltway.
I hope they will be thinking about the small business owners struggling to stay open and the people that work there who are trying to pay their mortgage and feed their kids. I hope the things that are done in D.C. make it easier for these folks, not harder.
The lesson I leave you with is one we learned as kids: we’re all in this together. If Washington, D.C. doesn’t act to help the economy grow and solve this massive spending and debt, it’s going to hurt us all. It won’t distinguish by political party.
Let me close with one more heartfelt thank you to the people of our state. Thank you for letting me have an honest, straightforward discussion with you about our future.
God bless you, our country, and this wonderful state we call home.