Rossi Speaks, Doesn't Concede; Murray Addresses Supporters - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Decision 2010

Rossi Speaks, Doesn't Concede; Murray Addresses Supporters

Dino Rossi said he was encouraged by strong voter turnout in areas that typically vote Republican (Photo: KHQ) Dino Rossi said he was encouraged by strong voter turnout in areas that typically vote Republican (Photo: KHQ)
Patty Murray addressed a supportive crowd in downtown Seattle (Photo: KHQ) Patty Murray addressed a supportive crowd in downtown Seattle (Photo: KHQ)

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Dino Rossi didn't declare victory, nor did he give a concession speech to supporters Tuesday night in Bellevue. But the Republican challenger to incumbent senator Patty Murray said he was optimistic based on the numbers he'd seen so far.

At last count, Rossi trailed Murray by less than two percentage points. He was down less than 18,000 votes at the time he stepped to the podium for the first time.

Murray addressed a crowd gathered in downtown Seattle around 10 p.m., thanking them for their support. She, like Rossi, didn't declare victory but continued to speak like a candidate vying for every last vote.

Elections workers in at least three counties, including Spokane, said they would run a second count before the night was over because the race was so close.

Rossi said he was hopeful the numbers would turn in his favor, adding that areas in which Republicans traditionally do well were reporting high turnout. Turnout statewide was expected to be the highest for a midterm election in 40 years, mirroring a national trend.

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