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Carol Gregory vs. Katrina Asay: Surprisingly, still a race to watch

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2010 at 8:01 am |
November 8, 2010 7:31 pm

The Republicans have picked up seats in the Legislature, but haven’t lived up to their Election Night predictions that they would take over one chamber of the Legislature and make dramatic gains in the other.

Democrats have gained in post-Election Night vote counting, and no area shows that better than the 30th Legislative District.

Not only has Sen. Tracey Eide pulled away from her challenger, Tony Moore, after leading by less than 300 votes in the first release of vote counts, but a race that seemed all but sewn up has tightened. Republican Katrina Asay now leads Democrat Carol Gregory by just 463 votes.

It’s a Republican-held seat that Rep. Skip Priest left to run for mayor of Federal Way. If trends hold and Asay wins, Republicans would seal a perfect record this year of keeping every seat they held before the election.

That seemed a sure thing the day after the election. Asay, the mayor of Milton, was planning for her resignation. She was nearly 900 votes ahead.

Gregory, a former president of the Washington Education Association, now has a shot — though maybe a long shot. She has cut the gap nearly in half.

Probably few have been more surprised than Gregory. “We had a very strong get out the vote effort, very strong,” she said, “but wow.”

A recount would be required if the race tightens to within one half of 1 percent of all votes cast.

House Republican Organizational Committee director Kevin Carns said he has lawyers on retainer for potential recounts. The closest race he’s watching is the one between Rep. Dawn Morrell and GOP challenger Hans Zeiger. Morrell is up by just 85 votes.

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