Skip to comments.Sen. Patty Murray wins fourth term (Seattle Times calls it for Murray)
Posted on 11/04/2010 6:04:41 PM PDT by TonyInOhio
Sen. Patty Murray has won a fourth term, riding a wave of strong Democratic support in King County to defeat Republican challenger Dino Rossi.
As of Thursday evening, Murray was leading Rossi by more than 45,000 votes, taking 51 percent to Rossi's 49 percent. That's up from a 14,000-vote lead on Election Day.
According to a Seattle Times analysis, Rossi would need to get about 54 percent of the estimated 591,000 uncounted ballots statewide to overcome Murray's lead.
But nearly 264,000 of those ballots are in King County. Murray's already commanding lead there has only expanded since Election Day. She took 68 percent of the 69,000 King County ballots counted Thursday.
To overcome King County's heavy support for Murray, Rossi would have to take about two-thirds of the remaining ballots in the rest of the state. So far he's received 53.2 percent of those non-King County votes.
That makes Rossi's task virtually impossible, even though hundreds of thousands of ballots remain to be counted statewide.
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That’s a great post.
Funny how the founders didn’t contemplate the direct election of Senators.
I fear that the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett urban area is on the road to becoming another Detroit. I’ve heard the libs around here complain bitterly about jobs and the economy...they even had enough sense to soundly reject a state income tax this go around.
But vote for a Republican? They’d rather watch the place fall apart than do that.
It’s a beautiful area, but the wife and I are seriously talking about moving away before the decay really sets in.
We’re in the suburbs, and I had to drive past a bunch of “Impeach Bush” signs before Obozo got elected. Now, you don’t see as many Obozo bumper stickers as before, like even the latte slurping libs know that’s kind of silly looking in this sick economy, but the minute a Republican gets elected, they’ll howl for blood and “justice”.
Eastern Washington is a pretty conservative area with much more in common with Idaho than the west side of the state. We don’t call it the dark side just because it rains so much.
It is very deflating for us on this side of the state because it seems that no matter how we vote the rats always get the numbers they need out of King County.
I like Rossi but agree with others that he ran a relatively lackluster campaign. Murray is an embarassment.
I’m curious if there is any way to quantify the number of votes Rossi lost or gained when Clint Didier refused to endorse him.
I was wrong - Rossi conceded:
UGH!! What a wipeout except for Jamie Herrera in WA3 and I suppose Koster still has a fighting chance - but is down. Dino could have at least waited a few more days...
‘he cant challenge if he concedes!!!’
He could un-concede - but then he’s following Gore’s precedent..argh. He already condeded.
i know he conceded that is why I am mad!!!!!!! I wish the Republican party hadn’t ask him into the primary... They didn’t want the Tea Party candidate. Of course we have open primaries here and the Dems can cross over and vote for the candidate they want to run against!
Yes...I was really disappointed when I heard the news.
Not ALL Washingtonians get what they deserve...some voted the RIGHT way.
As it stands...I’m hoping that big 9.0 they’ve been predicting for years hits right smack under Seattle and utterly lays waste to everything. I don’t even care if the place gets nuked by a terrorist bomb. The ‘People’s Republic of Seattle” needs to just go away.
Yes - I’ve been here since ‘93. Was nice to be on the winning side of the vote for some things. And yes - go figure on the propositions vs. candidates.
Propositions against higher taxes win.
Candidates FOR higher taxes win.
Yeah - Pierce County here - I was very happy to see the state income tax intitative fail and I’m sorry but not surprised the more retarded of the two retarded WA senators “won”, but Rossi was the wrong opponent. It would have been better to put another chick up against Patty, one with fire in the belly and any semblence of the brain Patty Murray sorely lacks.
“They didnt want the Tea Party candidate.”
Do you think Didier would have beaten Murray? His campaign would have been more spirited, that’s for sure...but I just don’t know about him...
There is definitely a pattern here and should not be overlooked.
What is going to be really interesting to watch is how well the Tea Party team and the old GOP team are going to cooperate relative to dealing with the dems. I wonder how either group plans to reconcile more jobs with less spending and less government.
I didn’t say that what I said was the republican party didn’t want the Tea Party candidate. What I am saying is that Dino Rossi has been down this road before.. He didn’t need to campaign in Eastern Washington and should have spent his whole time in the Puget Sound area.. Also I think Clint Didier would have been tougher on Murray. Dino is I’m the nice guy I can get along with everybody... I can work across the isle..
Maybe toss in California for another trillion.
I bet they would deal with the Mexican invasion a little differently.
NY, maybe we can get a few bucks for that too. They would probably want it cleared out first. Half the population refuses to work and demands a paycheck for sitting on their ass. So some other state would have to volunteer to take them. Maybe Main?
Any Defense dollars should be removed from that state. All bases closed.
For every tax dollar they send in, they should get 2 cents back.
The city ballots... straggling along at the end... once again are the difference. Noticed in PA, the Philly votes were tabulated first, and lo and behold, PA has a new GOP Senator and Governor. Amazing, isn`t it? But when the cities report last, it seems the dem wins. Of COURSE, it`d have nothing to do with fraud, right? nahhhhhhh....
It was within the margin of fraud. We need to win by more than 3%.
It will be fun to watch the new congress defund the leftist coast. They will die a slow socialist death.
Absolutely. They either have the absolutely best GOTV apparatus out there where the look over a voter's shoulder and collected the ballots on the spot a day or two before the election to push turnout in the county up to like 75% or they somehow managed figure out a way to cheat the vote-by-mail system.
All of these "new" votes were likely mailed the Monday or Tuesday before Election Day. The total King Co. number of ballots rose as the week went on, instead of falling steadily like in most of the other counties as they started counting ballots.
The problem is this vote by mail system will never change as long as the RATS are in charge. Washington is doomed.
wow, the Dumbest-Senator-not-named-Al-Franken gets another term
liberals love to preen and sneer about how smart they are, but anyone who can vote for an airhead like Patsy Murray is not fit to play at adulthood
Given that the majority of our electorate chose Murray, WA deserves what it asked for. The rest of the country should be angered at this choice. Boycott WA.
Why is it that close contests seem always to be won by the Democrats?
It seems like the voters in the inner cities have a vested interest in the Democratic ticket to ensure their bennies. Is this not a conflict of interest? ... a legal conflict of interest, I might add.
Bridgetport, CT is always the last city to report their results.
Rick Scott/Alex Sink in Florida?
I can confirm this.
Rossi's first state-side campaign wasn't bad. But the second and last time he was wooden -- way overtrained.
In politics he's done.
Rossi's first state-wide campaign wasn't bad. But the second and last time he was wooden -- way overtrained.
In politics he's done.
Rossi conceded last night.
There's liberalism all over. Try Austin TX.
The liberals show up in droves to vote along with the conservatives against initiative 1098 which would have established a state income tax - (65% voted NO) - yet these same liberals vote for a supporter of 1098.
America voted for Obama, they get what they deserve.
we didn’t get the Senate this time around (the odds were against us anyway), but... something to keep in mind, with the significant number of GOP victories in statehouses (up to 29, at last count), the possibility exists that nature itself may intervene during the next few years, changing the makeup of the Senate. Five democrat Senators in currently, or newly minted, red states are at age 70 or higher.
Here are the top five:
Frank Lautenberg, NJ — 86
Carl Levin, MI — 76
Herb Kohl, WI — 75
Tom Harkin, IA — 70
Harry Reid, NV — 70
Not that I directly wish death to any of them, I do think at least one or two will pass from the scene during the next few years, resulting in at least a temporary placement of a GOPer in his place.
I guess that they wait to see how many votes they need.
Since Rossi is a 3 time loser and I’ve never lost a statewide race, I could show him how it should be done.
I was stationed at Fort Lewis from 1980-84 and it was just starting to show up as the retreat spot for the California liberals. But back then it was still a pretty neat place to live and work. Go to the woods for the still quiet reflections given to one by hunting or go to the city to party. Of course, as one who made his living "in the woods" you could most always find me in Seattle partying, unless it was Elk season. So to me, it's a real shame to see it go the way of Southern Kalifornia.
It is a beautiful area, though I find the traffic horrendous. (I have only been there on various visits.)
I think the Founders actually wanted the Senate to be more of a “consensus pick” than the House. However, it’s hard to imagine they could have foreseen that there would be these urban bubbles of political blocs, especially blocs based on government DEPENDENCY.
This is one reason why Walter Williams has suggested that it’s not adequate to look at it as only “no taxation without representation.” How about “no representation without taxation”?
Now, Williams doesn’t go so far as to say people who don’t pay taxes should be deprived of the vote. (Although the Founders did limit the vote to “stakeholders” in the economy.) But Williams does kick around the idea of people who pay taxes having MORE THAN ONE vote — perhaps even one vote for every X amount paid in taxes!
Think how that would change our ability to govern ourselves! If I can, I’ll find one of the links where this was discussed.
“What I am saying is that Dino Rossi has been down this road before..”
Dino should have been a popular governor in his 2nd term. The RATs stole that from us - plain and simple. Dino’s done well to keep his good attitude - and I do wish he were more of a fighter.
Does the U.S. Need to Split Along Political Lines? This thread, in particular, has some great discussion in the comments.
I read that, as of this morning, King County still has over 320,000 ballots left to count. Some of these ballots were in the hands of the election department a week ago.
How do you spell incompetence?
ditto’s to everything you wrote.
Agreed. It was my understanding that he had conceded. Guess I misunderstood. Fox News was reporting that Patty Murray was returning to the Senate for her 4th term. Will watch closely.
On the whole, I guess it's just my frustration about Washington, Oregon, and California being so out of touch with the rest of the nation.
They are projecting. They should actually try counting the votes. With mail-in ballots in Washington, it usually takes a while to get them all together, even the ones that seem to come out of somebody’s closet at the most opportune time to be included. Rossi shouldn’t concede until the votes have been counted and certified.
Then again it is also possible that no GOP candidate can win major office in the Marxist states.
It is scary really! Being conservative in a Dark Blue State!