Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Dino Rossi And The Road To 51

Is the third time a charm for Dino Rossi?
In 2004, he lost an election for governor of Washington to then-state attorney general Christine Gregoire by 133 votes out of more than 2.8 million cast.  He was ahead after the original count.  He was ahead after the first recount.  On the final recount, Gregoire was declared the winner, and Republican Party attempts to challenge the results were tossed out.
In a rematch four years later, he fell short by less than 200,000 votes out of more than 3 million cast in a brutal year for Republicans.
He’s back again … this time taking on Democratic incumbent Patty Murray for her seat in the U.S. Senate.  And the race is, not surprisingly, extremely close.  He’s down by less than a point in the Real Clear Politics polling average, but an Oct. 6 Rasmussen poll had Rossi up by three points and political handicapper Charlie Cook rates the race a “Toss Up.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/08/gops-road-to-51-washington-state/#ixzz11utcfbnT

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