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Sen. Patty Murray Has Early Lead

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Patty Murray holds a small but clear lead over Republican Dino Rossi as mail-in ballots trickle into county election offices.

With more than half the expected ballots counted, Murray leads with about 50.5 percent to Rossi's 49.5 percent. Her margin was about 14,000 votes out of more than 1.4 million already counted.

Murray is holding onto the lead with her performance in counties in the Puget Sound region, particularly King and Snohomish. Rossi pulled ahead in Pierce County in late returns Tuesday.

At a Democratic rally in Seattle, a confident Murray predicted she would seal the victory in the coming days' vote counts. Many counties were due to report more totals late Wednesday afternoon, including heavily Democratic King County.
      
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