Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray opened a nearly 50,000 advantage over Dino Rossi today and has defeated the Republican for her fourth term.
everal media outlets, including the Seattle Times, are calling the race in Murray’s favor with more than 1.7 million ballots counted out of an expected 2.4 million. The Office of Secretary of State web site shows Murray with 916,347 and Rossi with 867,853 votes.
Murray gives Democrats a 53 seat majority. She leads in nine of the state’s 39 counties including King, Snohomish, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Jefferson, Kitsap, San Juan and Whatcom.
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