Elections | Oregon

Candidates For Wash. Governor Await More Vote Tallies

Northwest News Network | Nov. 7, 2012 3:01 p.m.

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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.

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

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