Republican Kim Wyman was bucking a strong Democratic trend in Tuesday’s election, moving out to a 14,561-vote lead over Olympia Democrat Kathleen Drew in the secretary of state race tonight as later votes came in. Wyman, who is Thurston County auditor, said “based on historic trends … late votes tend to be more conservative.”
That certainly would benefit Wyman, who spoke as subdued Republicans were starting to leave their campaign celebration, licking their wounds after President Obama’s electoral college vote totals went over 300.
After trailing in earlier counts, Wyman moved into the lead in a very race that may not be decided for a few days.
The governor’s race, as we reported earlier, also is close although Democrat Jay Inslee led Republican Rob McKenna by more than 48,000 votes late in the evening. Wyman said that given the later vote trends, she believes McKenna “still has a shot” at winning.
Outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed said it could be Thursday or Friday – or longer – before an undisputed winner is declared in the governor’s race.