Democrats hold the Washington governorship
November 9th, 2012
11:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Democrats hold the Washington governorship

(CNN) - Democrats held onto the governorship in Washington on Friday, bringing an end to the only outstanding election from this week's governors' races.

Republican candidate Rob McKenna conceded to Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in a video statement. Inslee, a former U.S. representative, will succeed two-term Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.

"Despite the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers, donors, staff and everyone who's been part of Team McKenna, it appears we will fall short of victory when the last ballots are counted. After 17 months of hard work, that is a very disappointing result," said McKenna.

Eleven states held governors' races Tuesday. Democrats were defending eights seats, Republicans three.

By Wednesday afternoon, CNN had projected winners in all but one of the elections - Washington - where mail-in ballots made up about 40% of the votes.

With the race in Washington now decided, Democrats hold 19 governorships; Republicans 30. Rhode Island's governor is an independent.

Republicans flipped North Carolina this year, expanding their national lead over Democrats at the statehouse level. The state hadn't elected a GOP governor since the 1980s.

CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Washington
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Verbert

    As a resident of Washington, I like our mail-in ballot system.
    I can vote any time I want just as long as I mail it in or drop it off at the courthouse in a timely manner.

    What I don't like is seeing public money going to pay for primary elections on behalf of the privately-run political parties.
    They should use their own money for that and keep their grubby hands off public money.

    November 10, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. Thomas

    Citigroup to pay former executives $15.5 million each

    Coal company announces layoffs in response to Obama win.

    America , this is unacceptable !

    November 10, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  3. GI Joe

    A major company in Virginia (Celanese) is converting from coal to natural gas. It will add 20 to 30 new permanent jobs, and around 200 or more temporary jobs Gov Ultrasound is very proud of that company coming into the 21st century. As much as coal country Governors fight it, it's here. Modernize, clean the air, retrain your employees for other jobs, or get out of the way and let others run the country. Celanese currently employs thousands and has many suppliers and buyers that depend on them.

    November 10, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  4. ghost

    Be careful for what you ask for. History teaches us nothing.

    November 10, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. ronb

    Wow! Yet another rejection of the GOP and their taliban principles. THE AMERICA PEOPLE aren't interested in that style of leadership, GOP friends. Get with the program of just move to an island where you can continue your cult ways.

    November 10, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. judy

    ha ha ha Forward.

    November 10, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |