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Candidates For Wash. Governor Await More Vote Tallies

Republican Rob McKenna. Photo by Austin Jenkins
Republican Rob McKenna. Photo by Austin Jenkins

The two candidates for Washington governor are still awaiting more voting tallies in an election contest that remains to close to call. At this hour, Democrat Jay Inslee leads Republcan Rob McKenna 51.3 percent % to 48.7 percent. The McKenna campaign is hoping for a turn-around in the numbers.

Statistically, it is still within the realm of possibility. The reality is that Democrats think that they have a victory here, a victory at hand. But they also think it’s going to be a one-point margin for Jay Inslee.

At this point, it does not look like a repeat of 2004 when inhere was a contested election outcome. To get to automatic recount territory, the two candidates have to be within a half a percentage point.

Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Debra Wang
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Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Debra Wang

My gut is we know by the end of the week if not before.

The next vote count from populous King County is expected to come late Wednesday.

On the Web:

Latest count from the Washington governor's race

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."