Washington governorship still up for grabs
November 8th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Washington governorship still up for grabs

(CNN) – The only undecided gubernatorial race is in the state of Washington where the contest appears to remain close with just over half of the votes counted Thursday.

Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee hopes to bar Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna from breaking the state's over 30 year streak of electing a Democrat to the office.

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With 55% reporting, Inslee had 51% support of Washington voters while McKenna had 49%.

All of Washington's elections are conducted by mail and ballots are expected to take several days to be counted.

After an easy primary battle for both candidates, Inslee, a former eight-term congressman, and McKenna hope to grab the vacant governor's office to replace the two-term Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who announced she would not seek a third term.

Going into the elections, Democrats held 20 governorships and were defending eights seats while the Republicans held 29 and were defending three. Rhode Island is held by an independent.

Eleven states held governors' races on Tuesday and Republicans expanded their gubernatorial map picking up North Carolina.

CNN's Dana Ford contributed to this report.

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  1. mike

    Insley has no worries here. If he loses by a couple hundred votes, there will be a recount. If he loses that by a couple hundred votes there will be a 2nd recount. If he loses that one by a couple hundred votes he'll pay for a third recount, 'magically' find a box of uncounted ballots in a closet in King County and end up winning by 100 votes. Just ask Chris Gregoire how to do it.

    November 8, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    A Republican in contention for governor of Washington? Let me guess. 30 years of Democrats running the state and it is a financial basketcase, right? Looking for somebody that knows what they are doing to straighten it out, like a Republican, right? Just like California. Republicans need to learn how to say no and let the Democrats clean up their own messes, raise the taxes, or cut the spending or both. All that will happen is that the Republican will get blamed for trying to help clean up the mess. All of a sudden the entire mess will be his fault just like they lay all of California's problems on Arnold. The same Democrat patter, over and over, yet idiots keep voting for them.

    November 8, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    Yup.... didn't even have to look but did anyways just to satisfy my curiousity. Democrats in control, democrats demanding more and more services and yet not willing to pay for the services. I guess they have a shortage of evil rich people to rob to pay for their "free" services. And the beat goes on, and on, and on....

    "Although Gregoire has governed with Democrats in control of both legislative bodies in her two terms, reaching a budget compromise has been difficult. The Senate’s ideological divisions did not equate to a dependable Democratic majority, and passing the 2011-13 budget required bipartisan agreement on the many program cuts.

    Growth in spending also reflects the public’s expectations for state government services in spite of numerous ballot tax measures to limit taxes and spending. We seem to be of two minds — we like the services but we don’t like to pay for them."

    November 8, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. 4moreyears

    @Tommy G

    Are you serious California can blame all of there mess of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Oh you forgot how he bankrupt them. Oh how we forget about the mess the republicans make. Let's see Clinton had to clean up the first Bush mess and now Obama is cleaning up baby boys mess. LOL

    November 8, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    >Are you serious California can blame all of there mess of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Oh you forgot how he bankrupt them

    Not sure why you would lie and say something that is so easily proven to be a lie. Let me guess, you're a California Democrat right? And surprise, surprise, look who leads the opposition to fixing the problems, unions and tree huggers. And the beat goes on, and on, and on....

    California’s budget has been on shaky ground for years, even before the recent recession. Various commissions, blue-ribbon panels and reform organizations have proposed ways to ease the state’s budget woes by relaxing some restrictions and imposing others, but consensus has been elusive.
    Organized labor and environmental groups, facing a budgeting landscape that could reduce spending, are mounting an opposition campaign.

    November 8, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Mark in Seattle

    How is it that only just over 50% of the votes are in and counted for our governor race, but yet nearly all the votes in WA that were cast for president are now counted. If my ballot was already processed for president, why............

    November 8, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |