Networks, Murray Camp Saying Race Too Close To Call - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Decision 2010

Networks, Murray Camp Saying Race Too Close To Call

Republican Dino Rossi appeared on KHQ Local News Today before heading to the west side of the state to await election results (Photo: KHQ) Republican Dino Rossi appeared on KHQ Local News Today before heading to the west side of the state to await election results (Photo: KHQ)
Democratic Senator Patty Murray greeted people as they boarded a ferry on the west side of the state Tuesday morning (Photo: KHQ) Democratic Senator Patty Murray greeted people as they boarded a ferry on the west side of the state Tuesday morning (Photo: KHQ)

Information from KHQ's Tom Durian, KHQ's Sean Owsley, The Associated Press

SEATTLE, Wash. - Even though early numbers are in favor of Dino Rossi, neither the networks or Patty Murray's campaign is prepared to call the race. As expected the race is very close with early figures showing Rossi ahead 51% to Murray's 49%. KHQ is following the election very closly and you can watch live coverage on khq.com

Previous Coverage:

Two hours before the polls closed in Washington state, supporters of Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi were setting up what they hope becomes a victory rally in Bellevue.

Rossi was scheduled to return to the west side of the state after taking a final tour of the state earlier in the day. He began early Tuesday morning in Spokane, appearing on KHQ Local News Today in a last-ditch effort to gather as many votes as possible. Rossi expects to win Spokane County – and the rest of Eastern Washington for that matter.

Murray, although invited to appear on KHQ on Tuesday morning, declined and said she would be on the west side of the state. Her supporters, like Rossi's, were preparing for what they hope will be a victory rally in downtown Seattle late Tuesday afternoon.

The hotly contested race for one of Washington's Senate seats is one of the key races in the nation. It could help determine which party controls the Senate for the rest of president Barak Obama's term.

Results expected in waves

State election officials said Tuesday they expect to release a couple of different waves of results. The first, preliminary results would be released shortly after 8 p.m.

Officials estimated about 60 percent of the expected vote will be counted Tuesday night, mainly because of Washington's mostly vote-by-mail system.

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