May 24th, 2010
05:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Will the third time be the charm for Dino Rossi?

Dino Rossi will run for the Senate in Washington state, according to a GOP source.
Dino Rossi will run for the Senate in Washington state, according to a GOP source.

(CNN) – Two-time GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi will run for the Senate in Washington state, two republican sources confirm to CNN.

Rossi's announcement could come as early as Wednesday, according to the sources, one of whom also adds that the candidate is in the process of hiring campaign staff.

Rossi, a businessman and commercial real estate investor, is arguably the best known Republican in Washington state, thanks to his two two bids for governor. In 2004, in an election that went into overtime, Rossi lost to Democrat Christine Gregoire by just a handful of votes. Rossi was defeated in a 2008 rematch by a wider margin.

Polls of Washington state voters conducted this year suggest that Rossi could be competitive with three term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, who's up for re-election this November.

Last Thursday former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bucked the GOP establishment by endorsing Washington state Tea Party activist Clint Didier in his bid for the Senate. Palin said on Twitter that she is "inspired" by Didier and added that he is a "patriot running for U.S. Senate to serve his state & our country for all the right reasons!"

Didier has already attacked Rossi, painting him as a firmly entrenched in the Republican establishment. A recent poll indicated that Rossi would be more competitive that Didier against Murray in hypothetical general election matchups.

The filing deadline in Washington state is June 11 and the primary will be held on August 17.

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Filed under: 2010 • Dino Rossi • Washington
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    Whether it's Didier or Rossi, the most important thing is to chunk that dingbat Murray out of Washington, DC! Since the lawmakers would NEVER pass a term limits bill, it's up to us, the TAXPAYERS!

    May 24, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Seattle Guy

    You know, I am honestly sick of seeing this man in Washington politics. He's the sole reason that Gregoire is still the governor. Ugh. PLEASE put someone better up against Murray.

    I know, I know. Deaf ears. Enjoy another six years, Patty.

    May 24, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Robert Cloos

    No-it's three strikes and you're out

    May 24, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Ramon

    Mark my word if republicans take over the house and the WH.
    Agenda

    1. WAR WITH IRAN OR NORTH KOREA.
    2. TAX Increases (DON’T BE Surprise
    3. Privatize Social security
    4. MEDICARE CUT AND PREMIUM Increases FOR SENIOR
    5. Increase defense spending
    6. etc

    May 24, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Michael from Ventura

    What is it about "NO" you don't understand?

    May 24, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. ib

    Hope he wins; we need some fresh faces in congress that will listen to the people and not what Obama wants all the time.

    May 24, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Ed FL

    just what the country needs another member of the [P] party aka the tea party and its leaders Palin ,Paul and Pawlenty. Their dream world is to do away with the American Disability act and theCilvil Rights act. A black Veteran wounded in war will have to appear before the PALIN, Paul, Pawlenty death panel before receiving any benefits he earned.

    May 24, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Sepirus

    Rossi has been at it for years. It will take a strong surge in anti-incumbency to oust Murray; however, Rossi does have a shot if he can galvanize the Republican base, win his primary handily and prove that he's not a person who just wants to win an office.

    May 24, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |