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With the completion of Monday's count in the Washington governor's race, Democrat Christine Gregoire holds a razor-thin 8736-vote margin over Republican Dino Rossi.  That's out of nearly 2.6 million votes counted thus far.

Absentee ballots are still being counted -- in fact, they're still arriving at county elections offices.  It is estimated that over 200,000 ballots remain to be counted.  So we really, truly don't know who's going to win the corner office in Olympia.

But of course we can guess.  If we assume that the current results for each county will be duplicated in the not-yet-counted ballots for the county, it's a simple spreadsheet manipulation to produce an estimate of the final result.

First, we note that Gregoire leads Rossi in only eight of Washington's 39 counties -- Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Pacific, San Juan, Thurston, Whatcom, and the 800-pound gorilla of Washington, King County.  

Over 30% of the state's voters are registered in King County, and Gregoire leads Rossi in King by 57.6% to 40.3%.  But King County has been relatively efficient in counting votes, and they estimate that only 46,000 ballots remain to be processed (less than 22% of the uncounted ballots).  Compare that with, say, Yakima County, which has only 2.8% of all voters but 8.2% of uncounted ballots.  Thus far, Dino Rossi has taken 63.9% of the Yakima County vote to Gregoire's 34.4%.

Taking these effects into account, my spreadsheet estimates that the race will tighten significantly before it's over.  As I crunch it, based on this evening's totals, Gregoire will finish with fewer votes than Rossi ... 626 fewer.  That's 626 votes out of almost 2.8 million cast, a differential of 0.02%.  (Note that this margin is about 2.5 times larger than the alleged 2000 presidential margin in Florida.)

In other words, a dead heat, too close to call.  

What's intriguing -- aside from the piss-poor campaign by the lily-livered Gregoire, and aside from the sneaky cover-up of Rossi's hard-right anti-choice stances -- is the presence of a third-party candidate, Libertarian Ruth Bennett.  Though she's taking only a bit over two percent of the vote, it may be from a different part of the electorate than most Libertarians in the state.  

In other statewide offices, the Libertarian candidates drew a similar, indeed, often higher, percentage of the vote than Bennett.  One would expect most Libertarian votes to come from the fringes of the Republican part of the spectrum.  But Bennett is a strongly pro-choice lesbian, so it's quite possible that many voters who would ordinarily be attracted to a Libertarian would be repulsed by this particular candidate.

If Gregoire eventually slips behind Rossi, I wouldn't blame Ruth Bennett.  As noted earlier, Gregoire ran a weak and extremely timid campaign.  She had a lot of advantages -- a non-wingnut state that was predisposed to support Democrats, a record of winning statewide races as Attorney General, the advantage that female candidates regularly gain in Washington elections, an opponent desperate to hide his true reactionary positions behind a bland smile and vague generalities.  That it's even close is Gregoire's fault.

Originally posted to Peace Tree Farm on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:16 PM PST.

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  •  oh crap, (none)
    you're right.

    i got a 625 vote deficit.  guess the assumptions don't always come out right.

    but it could swing back our way.  looks like it's a real toss up, 50-50.

    To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

    by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:14:08 PM PST

  •  Sorta like 2000 but in reverse (none)
    As I understood it, Cantwell beat Gorton because a Libertarian siphoned votes away from Skeletor.

    This time it was the reverse.

    I agree that Gregoire fucked up royally in her campaign approach. And I have always thought, since last week, that Rossi would wind up having won.

    If that does happen - and it remains up in the air - I hope and pray that the Dems in Olympia have a spine and don't allow that goddamned little shitheaded slumlord to act like he has some mandate to turn Washington State into Texas.

    We all need to organize to fight Rossi - if he does win - and rebuild the party locally. We have an amazing opportunity, with Dem control of the State Leg. - we can't let it slip.

    And someone should spank Gregoire for her pisspoor campaign.

    Did anyone notice she called herself "Chris" in the campaign instead of "Christine"??

    I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:15:19 PM PST

  •  if you want to rate this diary... (4.00)
    here's your opportunity.  And of course, you could recommend it too.

    You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

    by N in Seattle on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:16:29 PM PST

    •  Done (none)
      I also recommended mcjoan's earlier diary.

      This race is a fucking nailbiter. If Gregoire had won outright my despair last week would have been much less. And I'm not looking forward to more pain in the event of a Rossi win.

      I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

      by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:17:46 PM PST

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  •  One point of hope (none)
    How many of Yakima's uncounted ballots come from the Yakama Nation? I can't imagine they'd vote Rossi. Native American votes were another big boost to Cantwell in 2000. They were ready to take Skeletor out, and they did.

    I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:16:39 PM PST

    •  And they poked tim in the eye-man (none)
      by downing his latest initiative this year!

      btw, did you hear the pro-i892 ads?  they were running on airamerica.  the gist was that it was unfair for native americans to have all the casinos.

      To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

      by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:28:25 PM PST

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    •  Was NA vote high throughout the state? (none)
      ...besides the initiative making them want to vote, didn't they have a national campaign to get 1 million NAs to vote?

      And don't they typically vote 80+% for Democrats?

      -- "How can we trust the Bush administration to protect us from a biological terrorist attack when it can't even manage to provide flu shots?"

      by SusanHu on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:32:04 PM PST

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  •  I'll admit (none)
    I was wrong when I said WA state would be a huge boost for the Dems. I really don't understand it.

    The results of the Gov race may be simply that the Dems have been in power for so long. My disappoitment is that Senn and Ross lost. I hope both make a run in the future, because I think both would be great in office.

    What are the final results in the Legislature?

    •  Leg is a bright spot (none)
      26-23 Dem Senate
      55-44 Dem House

      Jim Horn and Don Carlson went down to defeat to Dem challengers in the Senate, a huge victory for us. Labor was central to that effort, which means the WSLC should have a powerful voice in Olympia, especially if Rossi becomes governor.

      The Democratic Party has been in trouble here for some time, though - they have yet to really get together a solid plan for moving the state forward, and especially in solving the tax and budget problem. Hopefully this will provide the necessary kick in the pants.

      I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

      by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:27:16 PM PST

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      •  still close (none)
        Actually, eugene, the House is (hopefully) 55-43.  Only 98 members.

        Two races in the House are still very close.  Tami Green's potential upset of Bob Lawrence in District 28 is down to a 175-vote margin.  And Democratic incumbent Patricia Lantz is barely holding off challenger Matt Rice by 364 votes in District 26 (Derek Kilmer's advantage over incumbent Rethug Lois McMahan in the same district is a more comfortable 854 votes).

        And Craig Pridemore leads incumbent Don Carlson by only 539 votes in the District 49 Senate race.

        You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

        by N in Seattle on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:38:29 PM PST

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        •  Didn't Carlson already concede? (none)
          He said that he didn't think the remaining ballots had enough votes for him to stave off a loss.

          Why do you think WA voted for so many hatemongers this year? Do they think that women and gays and minorities somehow need to be put in their place?

    •  Gary Locke (none)
      was a huge drain on the ticket as was Gregoire's lackluster campaign.  Locke just couldn't get anything done in the eyes of the voters.

      To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

      by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:29:58 PM PST

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      •  Locke was a moron (none)
        He alienated his base, looked bad with moderates, and continued to infuriate the wingers with his mere presence. Gregoire caught a lot of that fallout, but it didn't need to kill her. What doomed her campaign to a close result was her inexplicable failure to paint Rossi as a radical, which he is.

        I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

        by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:35:40 PM PST

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        •  That Locke did so badly (none)
          was pretty sad considering he gave the rebuttal to a recent state-of-the-union as though he were an up-and-comer.  And he won in 2000 so handily.  What the hell went wrong?

          OT, I waved Al Gore and Locke signs with Locke's father on election night 2000 at the corner of Rainier and MLK in Seattle.  He was a nice guy!

          Double OT, he does still have Mona (wow!).

          To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

          by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:40:32 PM PST

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          •  Locke is a nice enough guy (none)
            But he alienated teachers, labor, progressives, and many environmentalists over the last couple years or so. The last budget was the final straw for many folks. Locke could have run for a third term - there's no limits in WA - but he had no friends left at all.

            I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

            by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:43:17 PM PST

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    •  Deborah Senn?!? (none)
      Do you know anything about Deborah Senn?  She was a terrible Insurance Commisioner.  The only reason she beat Mark Sidran in the primaries was a fluky and temporary voter backlash against outside campaign funding (Chamber of Commerce).
      •  Huh? (none)
        Senn was a great Insurance Commissioner. And she beat Satan because most Democrats who voted in the primary hated his fucking guts for being an undemocratic, anti-civil liberties DINO who belongs in the Republican Party.

        Senn then got clobbered by the Chamber of Commerce smears, and McKenna's slick con job. We could have had a better candidate, but Satan wasn't it.

        I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

        by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:42:00 PM PST

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        •  My sister and her husband (none)
          were at the house last Monday (day before the election) and Deborah Senn came up in conversation.  My sister told me she and her husband were voting democratic except for that Deborah Senn.

          I very politely explained that the people smearing Senn were the national Chamber of Commerce which means BIG BUSINESS.  I told my sister and her husband what little I knew of the story, and I believe they ended up voting for Senn.

          Unfortunately, she was so outgunned with those Chamber ads that the vast majority of people who don't pay attention just believed that she was awful.

          There should have been more local editorials about those ads!

          he's not a leader, he's a texas leaguer swinging for the fence, got lucky with a strike ... Pearl Jam

          by tamens on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:56:02 PM PST

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        •  OK... (none)
          That's an interesting analysis, but it is a fact that Mark Sidran was cleaning her clock in all the polling until the Chamber of Commerce had their name attached to those God-awful anti-Senn ads they were running in the primaries.

          Sidran certainly has his flaws, but I assume from your rant that you get your news mostly unfiltered from "The Stranger".  Mark did a number of great things for the city of Seattle.  

          We can agree to disagree about this, but I feel comfortable saying that Mark Sidran would have been a better choice to run in this race if the ultimate goal was to win.

          •  I'm not parroting the Stranger (none)
            They're an obnoxious paper. But although they were right to oppose Satan (OK, I did get that from them), I'd have done so even if they never did. I strongly oppose crap like the poster ban and the dance ordinance and the sitting ban and the impound ordinance as demeaning attacks on civil liberties in the pursuit of some misguided vision of urban liveability.

            What I saw in Satan from the first I learned of him and his policies was a man who had no respect for the public sphere. And that made him fucking dangerous. He's no better than a Republican in my mind, I am happy he lost, and if he'd won the primary I'd have voted for a third-party candidate or even McKenna. Satan is that bad.

            I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

            by eugene on Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 12:54:14 AM PST

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      •  Senn (none)
        That Deborah certainly does polarize, doesn't she?

        steina, I'm surprised that you've been taken in by the business/CofC propaganda.  Deborah was certainly different from most Insurance Commissioners, in that she regulated the industry based on what was best for the insured rather than the insurers, but I would think that those in the Democratic wing of the Democratic party would applaud that.

        Unfortunately, in this year's AG race, both Democratic candidates were abrasive and polarizing.  All Rob McKenna had to do to win, no matter whether Senn or Sidran had gotten the Dem nod, was to be a cipher and stay out of the way.  Which is, apparently, the extent of his political skills and credentials.

        [Disclosure:  I know Deborah fairly well, and my sister has worked extensively on several of her campaigns.]

        You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

        by N in Seattle on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 11:00:40 PM PST

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        •  Purple Boy (none)
          N,

          We can talk about this tomorrow while I take all your money yet again.  Do you disagree that Sidran would have been a better bet to win this race?  I thought I've heard you say as much before.

          Do you really think that I am taken in by "propaganda"?  "The Democratic wing of the Democratic Party"...  where have I heard that before?  Have I ever not had a good reason for my sometimes bizzare political positions?

          [Disclosure:  I know Mark Sidran fairly well, and he has a nice ass.]

      •  Say what you will about Senn... (none)
        ...but her efforts to insist on coverage for preexisting conditions in WA were the only reason I could get coverage for my wife's chronic disease. The insurance industry targeted her after that and I think your comments show how successful they've been.
      •  Did you vote for Rossi? (none)
        You said a few months ago you were going to vote for him. Did you? I can't figure out why anyone voted for that no-neck Nazi.
        •  Yes, James (none)
          All Republicans are Nazis.  It is useful for you to point this out at every opportunity.  It makes you sound credible, and is in no way disrespectful to the millions of people who died as a result of Nazism.  

          I did vote for Rossi.  This was undoubtedly because, as you have pointed out several times before, I must hate gays.  Every time any candidate runs for any elected office, I think, "Does he hate gays?"  If he does, and I feel like being anti-gay, I vote for him.  It is really that simple!  Other things like the economy, health care, the environment, and education are just not that important to me.  The role of government, in my mind, is to reflect my personal feelings about homosexuality.

          You were also right about the election.  Everybody lost.  All the good and decent candidates were toast before they even started running.  There are too many bigots and homophobes in the world for the forces of righteousness to defeat them.  All the candidates worth supporting couldn't stay on message, or else they couldn't raise enough money, or maybe they were the victims of overwhelming negative advertising.  In any case, it was hopeless.  It's always hopeless.

          Maybe the reason why you can't figure out why anyone voted for "that no-neck Nazi" is because you haven't tried.  I have explained why I voted for him several times.  You do not listen, you do not read, and you do not comprehend.  If you will look at our state elections page, you will see that Kerry carried our state by 7 points.  Rossi and Gregoire are in a dead heat.  Do the math.  This means that almost 10 percent of the people who voted for Kerry took a pass on Gregoire and went with Rossi.  Is it because we are all a bunch of stupid, gay-hating Nazis?  

          You are pissing me off, James.  Same-sex marriage is a very important issue to me.  I am raising a holy shit-storm in my church (LDS) about its unconscionable support of hate amendments.  I am damn-near about to be excommunicated.  Do you know Rossi's and Gregoire's positions on this?  Rossi believes marriage is between a man and a woman.  He is not campaigning on this issue.  Why?  Because Washington has already passed a DOMA, and it is currently being evaluated in our courts.  Gregoire says she will abide by whatever decision the courts reach.  Let me repeat very slowly so that you get this:  Our Democratic candidate for Governor said that she would not fight a court decision to approve our DOMA.  There is not much difference between these two on this issue.  One of them is opposed to gay marriage, but doesn't care much about it.  The other one may or may not be opposed to gay marriage, but will not stand up in its defense.

          That is one issue.  On just about every other issue that faces our state, I rank Dino Rossi significantly better than Christine Gregoire.  As one Democratic county councilman said to me two weeks ago in an effort to sway my vote to Gregoire, "You have to vote for Christine because she'll be a do nothing Governor."  He was absolutely serious.  Great.  Just what Washington needs:  More ineffectual state government.  I feel sorry for you, James.  I enjoy reading your posts sometimes, as your gloomy and defeatist attitude is often refreshing in this echo chamber of partisan Democratic glee, but I think you can be terribly simple and close-minded.  I voted for two Republicans this year (out of about 10 possible).  I voted for Dino Rossi and Sam Reed.  I even voted for Deborah Frigging Senn.  Give me a fucking break.  

          I consider myself an independent, and I like to engage politically with people on both sides of the aisle.  I find it depressing that those of us who are unwilling to think like a bunch of lemmings are increasingly squeezed out of our democracy.  My wife, who was a paid staffer of Patty Murray and then the Democratic coordinated campaign in Washington, who worked 12 hour days for months to elect John Kerry and Patty Murray, was NOT ALLOWED to do get out the vote work for the Dems on election day.  They made her stay in the staging area and hand out packets.  Why?  Because, we have a Dino Rossi sticker on our car.  I was not allowed to do any phone calling for Rossi even though I doorbelled my heavily Democratic neighborhood on his behalf and contributed money to his campaign.  Why?  Because I refused to tell anyone to vote for George Bush or George Nethercutt.  The political parties in this country are like street gangs.  You are just another one of their thugs.

          •  You're WRONG about Rossi. (none)
            He supports a state amendment to ban benefits for gay couples. And he supports a federal amendment. The reason that he doesn't make it a big issue is because he's waiting to get into office. You certainly have an extremely low esteem for your own party - you hate Gregoire and Senn because of bits and pieces of questionable evidence. Yet, you ignore all the positions and the motivation of Rossi's run.

            If you really cared about same-sex marriage, then why would you vote for someone who not even a decade ago attacked his opponents as being part of a gay agenda? Someone who has never voted for any pro-gay piece of legislation? Someone who has said on the record that he supports amendments that will ban any benefits of any kind for homosexuals?

            Republicans ARE Nazis. Many of them (like Tom Coburn) are involved in what may be eugenics. Many of them use the exact same talking points that Nazis did, from scapegoating easy targets to using patriotism as an excuse to push through dehumanizing and devastating laws against the American people. Many of them would rather polarize and divide all while caring only about their special cadre of supporters. They have already killed many hundreds of thousands in Iraq. They have no qualms with death camps -- just ask Michelle Malkin, or Michael Savage, or Ann Coulter, or James Dobson. Votes like yours enable their agenda. They will kill many of us when they have a chance. Clearly, it's not that important to you, because to you, saving gays from being destroyed in WA by a far-right governor (at a time when gay rights are going to be a big issue in WA) is not important.

            And yes, I do think the people who voted for Rossi are stupid. I think anyone who votes against their own best interest, votes for a man who hates the environment, who hates gays, and who will push for legislation that will ruin the life of your wife and any children, and you, is stupid. I think anyone who wants to cast a vote that will help establish a dynasty for far-right NAZI politicians in Washington is stupid.

            Rossi will do so much damage to your state. Just ask Minnesota voters how much "moderate" Tim Pawlenty has done for them.

            When they come to kill me, you will probably just say, "hey, that's not what my vote was about." Then when they come to kill you, I wonder what you will tell them.

            •  Wow (none)
              I am not a psychoanalyst, so I don't think I'm really the most qualified person to respond to your rant.  I can make the following points, though:

              1. I don't hate Deborah Senn.  As I said up-thread, I voted for her.  I just think Mark Sidran was a better candidate.  I think you are a little light with the word, "hate".

              2. If you really cared about same-sex marriage, then why would you vote for someone who not even a decade ago attacked his opponents as being part of a gay agenda? Someone who has never voted for any pro-gay piece of legislation? Someone who has said on the record that he supports amendments that will ban any benefits of any kind for homosexuals?

              sigh

              Here we go again:  There is not much difference between Rossi and Gregoire on the issue of gay marriage.  Ron Sims and Ruth Bennett have progressive positions on this.  Christine Gregoire does not.  I can vote for Rossi even though he is opposed to same-sex marriage because there are several other issues facing our state right now.

              3) And yes, I do think the people who voted for Rossi are stupid. I think anyone who votes against their own best interest, votes for a man who hates the environment, who hates gays, and who will push for legislation that will ruin the life of your wife and any children, and you, is stupid. I think anyone who wants to cast a vote that will help establish a dynasty for far-right NAZI politicians in Washington is stupid.

              Rossi is strong on the environment, and I obviously do not view his legislation as a threat to my family.

              Let me try your argument technique for a minute:  You are stupid, JamesB3.  I do not see how you can think the things you think.  I think anyone who thinks what you think is stupid, and a NAZI!!  By not resisting the people who I think are NAZIS, you are a NAZI enabler!  NAZI!  NAZI!  NAZI!

              One more thing:  We have not had a Republican Governor of Washington State in 20 years.  I think you can rest assured, we are some ways away from establishing a NAZI dynasty.

              4) When they come to kill me, you will probably just say, "hey, that's not what my vote was about." Then when they come to kill you, I wonder what you will tell them.

              I will tell them, "Please, don't kill me."  If that doesn't work, then I certainly regret my vote for Rossi in 2004- the vote that ushered in the rise of the murderous jack-booted NAZI Republican dynasty.

              •  I'm glad that you are so amused (none)
                by the pain of people in your state. But if you get your way and Rossi wins, that means that the governor and attorney general will both be very bigoted Republicans. That sets them up for a dynasty in WA (Rossi could serve for decades) in terms of building up a power structure, taking over seats in the state legislature and US Senate and House. Rossi so easily passed muster for you and others -- what's to stop all of you from voting for clones of Rossi who may get rid of Inslee, or Brian Baird, or Adam Smith, or who takes over Dicks' seat when he retires? Or to vote for Nazis who will get rid of Cantwell and then Patty Murray? Do you really want someone who will do what Engler did to Michigan or Pawlenty is trying to do to Minnesota - make it a one-party hate state? Pawlenty was touted as 'moderate'. He fooled people. Now his moderacy involves things like holding rallies on the capitol where protestors demand that gays get the death penalty. Of course, Rossi's not like that, because that's what he says (right before time to get elected).

                If you don't think the GOP has anything in common with the Nazis, then you should go read some David Neiwart. These people are murderers. They are fascists. They want us all dead. You can joke about this now, because you have it easy. You won't be one of the first on the target list of the GOP. Most of us are not so fortunate as you are. Just keep on joking, while the rights of peopel around you are eroded, while progressive value becomes less and less in your state. Smile and laugh while people waste away, while their futures crumble.

              •  Oh, and (none)
                Gregoire and Rossi do NOT have the same position on same-sex marriage. He will lead a charge to ban any benefits for gay couples in the state. Gregoire may oppose same-sex marriage, but she won't do that. It's odd that you claim to be persecuted for supporting same-sex marriage, yet you didn't know that same-sex marriage is going to be a big issue in the state over the next few years, depending on the ruling of the state supreme court, and the legislature is likely to have to vote on some kind of anti-gay amendment. Rossi as governor would be a very effective bully for that amendment.
  •  Provisional Ballots also not yet counted (none)
    These aren't included in the uncounted ballot totals.   Unclear how many there are or how they will break both in King County and statewide.  

    http://www.metrokc.gov/elections/news/2004_11_08.htm says there are 31.7k in King County.  

    •  Now that could be interesting (none)
      Over 30,000 in King County alone - might be the wild card for this election

      I'm not a part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

      by eugene on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:40:31 PM PST

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    •  nice catch (none)
      In the 2000 Presidential election more than 78 percent of the 17,081 provisional ballots cast in King County were found to be valid and counted in the final returns. In the 2004 September primary, 90 percent of the provisional ballots were counted.

      To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

      by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:43:31 PM PST

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      •  this is important too if any of you provisional (none)
        balloters are reading this and want to make sure your ballot is counted (only if you voted for Gregoire ahem).

        If a provisional-ballot voter wants to find out whether or not his or her vote was counted, the number on the ballot receipt needs to be matched with ballots that have been counted. The information will be posted on the King County Elections web site, www.metrokc.gov/elections or by phone at 206-296-VOTE.

        To thine own self be true - Polonius to Laertes

        by tedward on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 10:47:04 PM PST

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  •  Eastern Washington (none)
    Gregoire's campaign feels she's doing better in Eastern WA than they expected. Do you think that's true?

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