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November 30, 2004

Rough waters

Dino Rossi's ship came in.

No really, his cruise ship came in after roughly a week in the Caribbean. Rossi came back to town earlier this week and was crowned governor-elect yesterday after Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election and Rossi's 42-vote edge.

Rossi was having a victory party Tuesday night but he has to be careful not to get too enthused. This race probably won't be over for a couple more weeks.

Democrat Christine Gregoire is trying to raise money for a third and final hand recount, hopefully statewide. Otherwise it looks like cherry-picking and vote counting until she wins.

The closest election in state history will also be the longest with everybody in fairly uncharted waters. Rossi was having the not-quite victory party and Gregoire and Rossi were settling into space for their respective transitions. Weird.

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Posted by Joni Balter at November 30, 2004 05:07 PM



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