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Tag: Dino Rossi


Mapping the vote: Rossi vs. Murray

With a few exceptions – including Pierce County – the Dino Rossi/Patty Murray race is falling into familiar red-blue patterns on the map. Murray is well ahead in King and Thurston, along with some smaller west side counties. Rossi is taking all the east side of the state, winning easily in Clark County and slightly ahead in Pierce County.

So is Pierce a blue county or a red county? The answer is “yes.” It voted for Rossi in the 2004 governor’s race, but went for Gregoire and Obama in 2008. It elects mostly Dems to Congress, mostly GOP to the County Council and splits its state lawmakers. Within Pierce County, the political polarity is as dramatic as anywhere in the state, ranging from deep blue central Tacoma to deep red south county and a lot of purple territory in between.

Click here, to see an interactive map of the county-by-county vote.

Read on for a table of county-by-county votes.

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Latest round of results: Murray pulls ahead

With the daily dump of election results, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has gained ground on Republican Dino Rossi. But more ballots will be counted tonight and in coming days.

Here’s a snapshot of where the Senate race stood as of 5 p.m., including new results from today from Pierce, Spokane, Clark and King counties. Snohomish has yet to post.

Candidate 5 p.m. Wed. Percentage 11 p.m.

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How many ballots are still out there?

Washington elections officials logged the results of more than 1.4 million ballots Tuesday.

If predictions of 66 percent voter turnout hold up — and Secretary of State Sam Reed said Tuesday night he stands by that forecast — there are less than a million ballots left to count.

More than 500,000 ballots are already sitting at elections offices, waiting to be counted. Many more will come in the mail today, from those who waited until Election Day to vote. (King County alone expects to receive more than 120,000 ballots today.) Tens of thousands more will dribble in over the

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Murray up over Rossi with all counties reporting

UPDATED: Sen. Patty Murray is holding a slim lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi. With all counties now reporting, including King, Pierce and Snohomish, Spokane and Clark, Murray had 703,637 votes, or 50.59 percent to Rossi’s 687,102, or 49.41 percent. Murray was ahead in both Pierce and Snohomish, swing counties that are considered important for victory.

King County, which is going heavily toward Murray, will not report any more numbers tonight.


New poll: Washington Senate race ‘could go either way’

WASHINGTON – The Washington state Senate race is going down to the wire, with a McClatchy-Marist poll released Friday showing incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray maintaining a 1 percentage point lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi among likely voters.

Murray was ahead 49-48 in the poll taken Tuesday through Thursday, a difference within the poll’s margin of error.

“The bottom line is this is a race that could go either way,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which conducted the survey.

A McClatchy-Marist poll two weeks ago also showed Murray with a 1 percentage point lead – an edge she’s maintained even as independent groups have flooded Washington state with nearly $18.3 million in advertising.
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What Dino Rossi didn’t hear when he visited Sumner company

This may be a sign of why the stimulus is unpopular.

Even a business that saved money because of the federal stimulus bill views it negatively, and denies it benefited from the bill.

SEFNCO Communications CEO Scott Nall invited Washington’s U.S. Senate candidates to tour his construction company’s new Sumner headquarters, which it bought this year with help from a loan backed by the federal government. Republican Dino Rossi took him up on it, visiting Tuesday as part of a campaign swing through Pierce County.

The stimulus subsidized fees on loans that otherwise would be paid by companies like

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Murray, Rossi campaign in Pierce County

The campaign trail runs through Pierce County during the last week for Dino Rossi and Patty Murray to make their closing arguments to Washington voters.

Not only is it a vote-rich county, but their stops here draw media coverage that will be seen by voters all over Puget Sound. The same goes for King County, where they’re also spending time this week.

So television cameramen looked on this morning as Murray flipped pancakes for a union hall full of firefighters in Tacoma, a day after cameras filmed Rossi listening to the comments of veterans in Lakewood.

Both candidates said Pierce County, where Murray has won all of her Senate elections and where Rossi won his gubernatorial race in 2004 but lost the 2008 rematch, is important to the outcome of this year’s tight race.

“I believe it is one that we definitely need to win,” Rossi said.

(AP Photos/Ted S. Warren)

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Rossi gets some D.C. help of his own

A slew of Washington State stops by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and today First Lady Michelle Obama are meant to help Sen. Patty Murray. “Her D.C. friends are coming to bail her out,” Dino Rossi says.

Rossi has D.C. friends of his own. Today, he and Sen. John McCain talked to reporters in separate conference calls organized by his campaign, which has been hitting Murray hard over the issue of earmarks.

There were technical difficulties not seen at the elaborate, stage-managed Murray rallies in Seattle and Tacoma, where Obama and Biden didn’t take questions from reporters.

First, another Rossi supporter, Sen. Tom Coburn, didn’t come onto the call as scheduled, prompting a frustrated expletive from someone on the line. I couldn’t tell for sure if it was McCain. Then, before the question-and-answer session ended, the Arizona senator was dropped from the call.

McCain talked tough about his fellow senator, Murray — tougher than the visiting Democrats have been in their mostly mild rebukes of Rossi.

“Sen. Murray has been one of the leaders in earmarking and pork barrel spending,” McCain said, “and it’s been an outrageous and disgraceful misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Murray has become adept at steering money to Washington State, including through earmarks, or funding directed by Congressional appropriators like her to specific projects.

The practice of earmarking is corrupt, McCain charged. “That’s why we have former members of Congress residing in federal prison.”

He stopped short of calling Murray herself corrupt: “She engages in that corrupt practice,” he said. “Now whether she’s actually corrupt or not, I will let other people make (that) judgment.”

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