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UPDATE: Inslee Still Leads But McKenna Not Ready to Concede Governor's Race

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna still trails by 48,766 votes after the latest count. He remains confident the result will flip with additional remaining ballots.

 

Still trailing after Wednesday's vote count, Attorney General Rob McKenna told supporters that he believes the remaining, uncounted votes will swing the governor's race in his favor.

"We believe my advantage among later voters is going to carry me in this election," McKenna told supporters in a video released Wednesday.

Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee leads 51.16 percent to McKenna's 48.84 percent with slightly more than 2.1 million ballots counted. State elections officials will release updated totals on Thursday. 

McKenna's campaign manager, Randy Pepple, explained that his team's internal data and trend analysis showed that McKenna, a former King County councilmember, was strongly favored by voters who had decided but had not yet cast ballots last week.

“The people that were deciding late were trending heavily in our favor,” Pepple said. 

McKenna did close the vote gap in King County in second-day totals, the Seattle Times reported, but Inslee offset that gain with ballots from other counties. 

Even without the final count, Inslee appears nearly ready to declare victory. On Wednesday, he announced the formation of a transition team for the move into the governor's office. He said he does not see late votes changing anything.

"I am very confident that we will be in a position to lead the state of Washington for the next four years," he said in a news conference.

Check back with Patch Thursday for additional updates.  


J Linn November 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Ignorant comment.
J Linn Black Henline November 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ignorant comment Don.
John Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I too think marriage is between a man and a woman. Our state has civil unions and we are all equal in God's eyes. And those who believe in God of the Bible are merely following God's opinions, so if you have a problem with changing marriage take it up with our Creator. It is not mean-spirited to have standards. I love all people.
John Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I totally agree with Ronald M. about a more fair way of splitting up the Electoral College voting system so that each county has a voice in proportion to its population. Hopefully, this will be the trend of the USA going into the future. And this will help ensure that candidates for office will visit more counties, instead of just hanging out in big cities. Thus, it guarentees more shared representation, which we all want.
Nathan November 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
John, I think you have it backwards. If we had some kind of county electoral system the candidates would visit fewer counties, not more. Look at the national election for your guide. How much time was spent in Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin vs Texas, California and new York? The swing states get the attention and the other states only get visits when they host fund raisers. In our state it would mean king, pierce and Snohomish along with eastern WA get no visits as those are not "swing counties". Southwest WA and maybe Whitman and Spokane counties would get all the attention.

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