With 65% of precincts reporting, Patty Murray is leading Dino Rossi 50.5% to 49.5% in the Washington Senate race. The election is done completely by mail, and the Rossi campaign points out that more than 500,000 ballots still have to come in:
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Pat Shortridge, campaign manager, Rossi for Senate
DATE: Tuesday, November 02, 2010
RE: Early Ballot Counts in Washington State
This evening’s returns indicate this election is as close as many predicted, in that it is too close to call. A few points to remember as you examine returns:
· Historically in Washington, the Republican candidates improve their percentages in each county in votes counted after Election Day, usually improving their margins by 2 to 3 percentage points.
· King County, which is providing most of Sen. Murray’s margin, accounts for 30.7% of all registered voters in the state. According to County Election reports, King County only has 26.7% of the remaining ballots left to count. The rest of the state, where Rossi has a comfortable lead, will count proportionately more ballots post-Election Day.
· Spokane County, where Rossi is currently in the lead by more than 50%, still has at least 21.6% of the remaining ballots left to process, with more coming in.
· Rossi is currently leading in Pierce County by nearly 2,500 votes
· According to the Secretary of State, there are still over 508,000 estimated ballots left to process statewide.
Again, we will know more over the next several days as ballots continue to come in and counties continue to count. We are confident that the margins we are seeing throughout Washington State, combined with the state legislative victories, will put Dino Rossi ahead by an overwhelming margin.