Patty Murray Gets Less than 50% in Washington State's Jungle Primary
11:19 AM, Aug 18, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In Washington state's open "jungle primary," the top two vote getters of either party advance to the general election. In the Senate primary, with 60 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Democrat Patty Murray has 46 percent of the vote. This is pretty bad news for the Democrats. Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics explains why:
Read Trende's whole piece here.
Republican nominee Dino Rossi got 34 percent and his main Republican opponent Clint Didier got 12 percent, so if you add Didier's votes to Rossi's, Rossi is neck-and-neck with Murray. Jim Geraghty points out that overall Republican candidates are getting more votes than Democratic candidates: "Republicans had 474,893 votes; Democrats had 463,276, and that’s including the 4,398 votes for 'Mike the Mover' and 3,363 for "goodspaceguy.'" This is certainly a race to watch the next two and a half months.
See Fred Barnes on Dino Rossi here.