And We Thought Florida Was Close!
The race for Governor of Washington is quietly becoming the example fo just how evenly divided this nation is. The two candidates, Democrat Christine Gregoire and Republican Dino Rossi, are currently separated by just 19 votes, with Rossi in the lead.
About 6,100 ballots remain to be counted today; more than half are in counties where Rossi is leading.
Secretary of State Sam Reed has already announced a news conference for later today to discuss plans for a recount, which is required if the difference is less than one-half of 1 percent and less than 2,000 votes. The recount must be done by hand if the difference is less than 150 votes, unless the candidates agree to another method.
No statewide race has ever gone to a hand recount.
There were two new twists yesterday, both of them favoring Gregoire, in what could become the closest governor's race in state history — if not one of the most bizarre.
King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum, bemoaning that the state had reached the "dreaded" point where courts were being asked to "micromanage the election," ruled that the county must count hundreds of provisional ballots that were being challenged by the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, election officials in Grays Harbor County announced it was recounting all of its ballots because some votes had been counted twice. The recount cost Rossi hundreds of votes.
To many Republicans, who have not elected a governor in 24 years, the news seemed too bad to be true.
"This is getting very ugly and I tell you there is tremendous suspicion out there about what is happening," said state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance.
Payback's a bitch, MoFo!
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