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November 19, 2004

Regretful libertarians

A distant third candidate in the sensational governor's race is Ruth Bennett, a Libertarian.

Probably many of the 62,337 people who voted for her are kicking themselves as they look at the tally for the race's two front-runners.

After the 2.8 million votes were finally counted Wednesday, Republican Dino Rossi is leading Democrat Christine Gregoire by only 261 votes. At one point Wednesday, he led by only four -- yes, F-O-U-R. The margin is so close that the Secretary of State ordered a machine recount of all the ballots. And, although Rossi is ahead, a mistake like the 500-vote one discovered in Grays Harbor County, could throw it the other way.

Many of those Bennett voters, I'm sure, are devoted to Libertarian philosophies. But I suspect a bunch of them, if they had it to do over knowing now how much their votes really counted, they would have chosen another candidate.

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Posted by Kate Riley at November 19, 2004 04:29 PM



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