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November 16, 2004
That one vote swing is looking pretty good right now
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, WA Governor's Race

We obsessing, nail biters up here in Washington State are watching the SecState site updates every few seconds as the final counts are updated this evening.

At the last snapshot, Rossi has 1,365,721 votes and Gregoire has 1,365,741 votes. Mathematically a tie to two decimal places.

Many of us think they are doing this on purpose - or else there is someone named Hitchcock who works over at SecState.

Last post on this here.

UPDATE: (5:33 PM November 16) - Latest update puts Rossi ahead 784 votes - with about 11,000 to count. Sound Politics has a potential fraud update here.

UPDATE: (5:49 PM) Waiting on that King County slug at six (Yikes!). Now with 9,331 ballots left to count (unless King County comes up with more), 621 vote lead for Rossi: 1,369,146 to 1,368,525.

UPDATE: (6:29 PM) OK, I can hardly type because all my fingers are bleeding... Kidding, kidding - looks like only one possible county: Franklin, to update yet this evening (counties have to certify tomorrow so SecState can't be happy with not getting totals tonight - all other counties are currently reporting updates at various times tomorrow.), Franklin had 250 votes left and voted roughly 70% to 30% in favor of Rossi so far. For all counties: 6,152 ballots left to count. Rossi 1,367,347, Gregoire 1,367,314. 30 votes.... Ahem ... still taking those one vote swing wagers ...

UPDATE: (7:40 PM) 25 more votes trickled in during the last hour. You know, I'm working on other posts but I just can't stop looking! Believe it or not, right now: Dino Rossi leads by 19 - yes that's 19 votes! With 6,127 ballots left to count, Rossi has 1,367,365 votes, and Gregoire 1,367,346... Well, it appears from comments that it's a bit more complicated than 25 more votes showed up - counties are subtracting votes and adding votes and ... it's almost too much to bear you know - see the comments to Tim Goddard's post here.

UPDATE: We conclude that Franklin county must be asleep at the wheel. They last reported November 9th - scheduled for the 5 PM the 15th. Those 250 votes should be about 70/30 favor of Rossi - but looks like we aren't going to get them tonight. <Sigh...>



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