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It took an agonizing week to confirm, but it's finally settled... both my Senator (Patty Murray) and Representative are still Democrats. That means Democrats are still the majority in the Washington State delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives. Dems also still control both houses of the State Legislature. Washington State is still firmly blue. From The Seattle Times:

Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen is headed back to Congress for a sixth term after defeating his Republican rival, Snohomish County Councilman John Koster.

Larsen led Koster 51 percent to 49 percent in the state's 2nd District with more than 281,000 votes counted by Monday night, well outside the range for a mandatory recount.

Larsen trailed by about 1,200 votes Nov. 2 but has steadily gained ground against Koster, who had hoped to ride the national Republican tide that ousted dozens of incumbent Democrats and reclaimed a GOP majority in Congress.

Larsen led by nearly 5,500 votes Monday night, with an estimated 18,000 ballots to count. Koster would need more than 65 percent of those in order to overcome Larsen's lead — a virtual impossibility, according to a Seattle Times analysis.

John Koster mounted a tough challenge to Larsen's re-election hopes. Koster is a Councilman from Snohomish County, the most populous county in the 2nd Congressional District, (not to mention Glenn Beck was born and raised here... HA!) . He had signs EVERYWHERE, including large add-on billboards at most major intersections in Snohomish County, claiming Larsen's legacy was "$13 Trillion in Debt" and "16.5% Unemployment" and asking if voters had "Had Enough?". Apparently they have... of John Koster.

Originally posted to wandering i on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 12:18 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Great! He's up by 5400+ as I write this. (8+ / 0-)

    At least WA state resisted insanity (except for the open seat Baird left), as did the rest of the west coast generally.

  •  Glad he won (3+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, Overseas, sable

    and hope he gets the message ... he needs to be more progressive, not less, in this particular county in order to get more votes. There was a lot of enthusiasm for Patty Murray ... not so much for him.

    In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright

    by crescentdave on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 12:55:53 AM PST

    •  I'd also like to see him more progressive. (4+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, Overseas, sable, farbuska

      The electorate in Snohomish is somewhat more moderate than King County, but the district is pretty reliably Dem, (although it was represented by a Republican between 1995 and 2001). Patty Murray won the district fairly easily, and the fact that Rick Larsen had such a close call here should indeed tell him something.

      I keep moving to be stable. Free to wander, free to roam. - Peter Gabriel

      by wandering i on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 01:05:25 AM PST

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  •  I have sooooooo HAD ENOUGH (4+ / 0-)
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    Overseas, wandering i, sable, MartyM

    ... of self-righteous, yet simultaneously ignorant teabaggers and talking-head pundits who talk out of their ass. I've had enough of orange skinned crocodile-tear house majority leaders crying about repealing the only worthwhile legislation that's been passed in a generation. I've had enough of mock-turtle looking fundamentalists who think they're majority leaders when they're still minority leaders whining about being on the President's speed-dial. Most of all... I've had enough of the GOP. Thanks for posting this. It feels good to vent. :)

    Tim Kaine achieved the impossible as DNC chair. He made Terry McAuliffe look good in comparison.

    by OReillysNightmare on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 01:29:32 AM PST

  •  Glad I live in a blue state (5+ / 0-)
    At election time my friends in other states are always anxiously asking me "Did you vote?" I tell  them I really don't have to since I live in  a sane state (though of course I vote every time), where the solid blue coastline overrides the votes of the redneck bible-thumping hayseeds east of the Cascades.
    Tonight I was reading comments of people living in that true hell on earth, the red-stained state of TexASS, wondering what kind of mindset kept people in a place where the pollution was deadly, the school system was pushing fundamentalism and turning out mediocre students, racism was almost institionalized, benefits and job quality were fading, and cowboy gun violence was more or less condoned by the legal system. Really? THAT's their American Dream? Sad.

    Living in the spaces between the boxes other people are thinking inside of...

    by fourthcornerman on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 02:04:20 AM PST

    •  People in Massachusetts used to think that way (3+ / 0-)

      Now we have Sen. Scott Brown sullying the seat formerly occupied by the great Ted Kennedy.

      You do have to vote, even if you think the win is guaranteed. Democrats these days never miss an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot and then stick that same foot in their mouths, and that has a way of giving elections away to even the worst of teabagging birther Republicans.

      Thwarting Republicans since 1978.

      by wiscmass on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 05:35:15 AM PST

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    •  You stay because you can make a difference (1+ / 0-)
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      as evidenced by Blue Dallas County in blood red Texas.

      as evidenced by the innocence project in Blue Dallas county that is a model for the rest of the nation.

      as evidenced by the fact that all of Dallas County Dems were reelected and they also ousted a Dem from the County Commissoners to make the body a Dem majority.

      you stay because if you cut and run in the face of adversity, how can you make a difference?

    •  VOTE! (1+ / 0-)
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      N in Seattle

      All it takes is people in King County sitting one out to let that Alabama east of the Cascades take over this state.  

      As for Texas, I moved there from here for 3 years in hell.  It's not a great place.  At least not to me.  But I made some really great friends there.  Most of them native Texans.  And all I can say about Texas (and Oklahoma, for that matter, since my husband is from there and I've got some experience with Okies of both stripes, too) is that they're either as vile and reprehensible as Rick Perry or George W. Bush or as wonderful as Molly Ivins and Ann Richards.  

      Why don't people leave?  I think they like it.  I mean, it's much more sunny than here.  The houses are cheap to buy (not so much to own).  And it's just their home.  They were born there and they care about the place.  And all my Great Texas Democratic friends fight harder than I do since I happily moved back to my blue state paradise.  All I really have to do is get up and vote.  They have to fight to stay sane inside insanity every day and they do it well.

      They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

      by SlowNomad on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 07:29:05 AM PST

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  •  Good news. I could see the win (2+ / 0-)
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    willisreed, Creosote

    coming but the counting was so slow it was maddening.

    "We have cast our lot with something bigger than ourselves" - President Obama, July 30, 2010

    by Overseas on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 02:31:49 AM PST

  •  koster had the job before Larsen took him out (0+ / 0-)

    The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.

    by Zacapoet on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 09:03:32 AM PST

  •  has Koster conceded? (0+ / 0-)

    Not that it matters.

    grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

    by N in Seattle on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 09:04:48 AM PST

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