Rossi Concedes in Washington State

November 5th, 2010 at 1:55 am | 2 Comments |

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The AP reports:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray seized a fourth term Thursday, surviving voters’ backlash against Democrats nationally and weeks of relentless GOP campaign attacks on her voting and federal spending record.

Murray’s victory over Republican Dino Rossi, after three days of tallying, preserves breathing room for the Senate’s shrunken Democratic majority. Republicans made inroads there Tuesday and took control of the House for the rest of President Barack Obama’s first term.

Her win was secured Thursday as tallies pushed her lead to about 46,000 votes out of more than 1.8 million counted, or about 51 percent to 49 percent. About three-quarters of the expected ballots had been counted in unofficial returns.

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  • easton

    Interesting, in 1982 Reagan had the exact same Republican majority of 53 to 47 as Obama has with his Senate majority. The only critical difference is that Democrats had a massive majority in the House of 269-166, the Republicans are well below that so lets get a little perspective Republicans

  • abj

    It’s really a shame, but it was always a longshot. Murray is probably the most popular Democrat in that state. That he kept it so close is impressive.

    I think he’d have made an excellent senator.

    easton,

    Yeah, people are getting way too ahead of themselves with the 2012 talk. Things are so in flux now I can’t even venture to guess how things will play out in two years.