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[WA summary] Election Day 2: Key races to watch [Senate, WA-2, state house all in play] ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Chris Vance

Posted on 11/03/2010 12:26:12 PM PDT by matt1234

The 2010 election has so far gone as expected: Republicans take the U.S. House, but not the Senate; Republicans make major gains in the Washington legislature but are, so far, short of winning majorities; Republicans Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera win comfortably; and the races for the 2nd  Congressional District and the U.S. Senate are literally too close to call. 

Today (Nov. 3) will be Election Day 2 in Washington state, as 23 of 39 counties, including all the large counties, will count a significant number of ballots. In addition, the counties will report how many ballots they have received to this point, an absolutely critical statistic to factor in. By the time we go to bed tonight the picture will be much clearer than it is right now. 

As of 9 this morning, Dino Rossi trails Patty Murray by 14,000 votes. Clearly the advantage lies with Murray. But there are still good reasons to watch this very closely, and Pat Shortridge, the Rossi campaign manager, laid those out in an email to supporters today: 

To win, Rossi must improve his percentages in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. King, where Rossi is currently receiving 38 percent of the vote, is especially critical. He needs to improve that percentage by at least 1.5 points to make the math work statewide. Again, we will know much more by the end of the day today.  

In the legislature both houses are still in play. Republicans appear to have captured Democratic seats in the 6th (Spokane), the 47th (Kent/Auburn), the 41st (Mercer Island/Bellevue), and the 45th (Redmond/Woodinville).  Three other races are essentially tied: 

If Republicans win all three of these cliffhangers they will take a 25-24 majority in the state Senate. 

On the House side, Republicans appear to have won 41 seats, Democrats 45 seats. There are 12 House races — all in seats currently held by Democrats — where the current leader has less than 52 percent of the vote, making them too close to call. Those Democratic seats are: 

Republicans need to take nine of these 12 in order to win a 50-48 majority. 

Stay tuned.  Today will be a big day.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 2010election; election; wa; washington

1 posted on 11/03/2010 12:26:16 PM PDT by matt1234
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To: sionnsar
Let the games begin continue.
2 posted on 11/03/2010 12:30:05 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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To: matt1234

How about the income tax thingy. And the liquor thingy.

3 posted on 11/03/2010 1:05:15 PM PDT by sportutegrl (Why are they called Musketeers if they fight with swords?)
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To: sportutegrl
How about the income tax thingy. And the liquor thingy.

Income tax will be rejected. It's trending about 70-30 against.

The liquor initiatives are still up in the air, but they are trending towards defeat.

4 posted on 11/03/2010 1:17:24 PM PDT by matt1234 (0bama's bunker phase: Nov. 2010 - Jan. 2013)
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To: matt1234

Good post, Matt. Thanks-a-bunch!

5 posted on 11/03/2010 1:48:39 PM PDT by DWar (The perfect is the enemy of the excellent!!)
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To: matt1234
We left Poulsbo for the (L)East Coast in mid 2003. It was a good thing only because I don't think I would have survived the gubernatorial race of 2004 if I had been local. This Senate race is raising my blood pressure, and I'm way out here in the cursed 4th district of MA!
6 posted on 11/03/2010 1:49:00 PM PDT by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: Fred; Chattering Class of 58; SeattleBruce; tarator; 21twelve; Feasor13; matt1234; Bosun; ...
Thanks to SandyInSeattle for the ping.

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7 posted on 11/03/2010 2:05:14 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

state of the state

8 posted on 11/03/2010 2:20:28 PM PDT by lonevoice (I can see Tuesday from my house!)
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