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Rossi doesn't need Seattle. Seattle is really not that important to the state as a whole electorally. I'm worried.

Posted by Fnarf | June 6, 2008 4:26 PM

ERICA YOU'RE WORSE THAN FEIT! Rossi has a race on June 22 at Donington Park in the UK! The race ends at 5 PM GMT, which is 1 AM the next day Pacific time. So how is he going to be here by Noon on the 23rd? The Concorde isn't going to fly him. It's like you hate Rossi so much you can't even use simple basic logic.

Posted by elenchos | June 6, 2008 4:27 PM

Bravo Komrade! Group-think is double plus extra good! All hail group-think! You do the party proud!


Posted by Big Brother | June 6, 2008 4:36 PM

If I have to keep reading a nascar joke in the first 3 comments for the rest of the governor's race, I'm moving to Canada

Posted by not funny | June 6, 2008 4:46 PM

the majority of the votes are in king, thurston, pierce, whatcom and snohomish county. gregoire does just fine there. i wouldnt worry. rossi can have kitsap, yakima, franklyn and all those other wastelands. hopefully gregoire will not forget that king county put her in the governor's mansion.

Posted by SeMe | June 6, 2008 4:48 PM

Who cares? The WAC is way nicer than the convention center.

Can we expect your attendance at both events Erica? Or will you covering the race in your usual style, reading the headlines and writing whatever opinions pop into your ideal-addled mind?

Posted by joykiller | June 6, 2008 4:58 PM

If I'm not mistaken, Gregoire won King by a landslide, Pierce by a good margin, Snohomish by a hair, and lost everywhere else except maybe Grays Harbor or something. She needs to pick up at least a little bit of ground on some of those "wastelands", and in the fast-growing suburbs and remote cities if she wants to repeat.

Posted by Fnarf | June 6, 2008 5:15 PM

Relying on Puget Sound votes isn't a sure thing, SeMe. You do recall that the last election came down to a recount and a difference of an almost literal handful of votes, right? So far there's no reason to believe this election will be any different. Your casual dismissal of the rest of the state is part of what will get Gregoire in trouble again. That and not having a single tangible accomplishment in the last 4 years. I'm no Rossi supporter but he has a very good chance at taking this thing.

Posted by laterite | June 6, 2008 5:16 PM

King was 57-40 for Gregoire. Not a small margin, but no Reagan-Mondale landslide either.

Snohomish 49-47 for Rossi (shameful)

Pierce was 50-46 for Rossi

So your memory's off a little, Fnarf, but I think we're on the same page. With no prominent Libertarian candidate in the mix (that I'm aware of), Gregoire really has to watch out.

Posted by laterite | June 6, 2008 5:25 PM

2004 gubernatorial results here.

Posted by laterite | June 6, 2008 5:29 PM

Well, I got Grays Harbor right, I see, but I missed Cowlitz, Jefferson, Pacific and San Juan, and she did in fact take Thurston and Whatcom. But yeah, things have changed since then, and Rossi's voters have increased demographically. On the other hand, I'm hoping a mega turnout for Obama is going to more than make up for that. Not that she's a good governor or anything; but Rossi's a five star creep-o.

Posted by Fnarf | June 6, 2008 5:53 PM
Posted by elenchos | June 6, 2008 6:01 PM

Rossi benefited from a perfect storm of:

1. People who thought Gregoire would be a female Gary Locke and wanted otherwise
2. Democrats who thought she would win anyways and wanted to "keep it close" and "send a message"
3. an uninspiring Gregoire campaign that couldn't articulate a reason to vote FOR her
4. being able to avoid taking a stand on any hot-button issue
5. a credible sounding change message

This race looks "close" the same way people thought Cantwell 2006 would be close just because she barely beat Slade Gorton in 2000. Incumbency has benefits.

Gregoire will win by 10.

Posted by lol | June 6, 2008 6:26 PM

@13: You may also include bad feelings left over from the rather heated battle with her primary opponent, Ron Sims.

I'm disappointed that Gregoire and the Democratic legislature blew a lot of opportunities to get some much needed work done, but I would sooner write in Barney Rubble than cast a ballot for Dino Rossi. Or any prominent Republican in this state for that matter.

Posted by RainMan | June 6, 2008 8:13 PM

"King was 57-40 for Gregoire. Not a small margin, but no Reagan-Mondale landslide either."

Factually wrong, of course: Mondale got about 40% of the popular vote.

And 57% vote would qualify as a landslide.

Pls. make a note of it.

Posted by PC | June 6, 2008 11:02 PM

If the Blue Tidal Wave materializes, the election will ONLY be decided in Seattle.

Expect to hear a lot of griping when that happens.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2008 1:52 AM

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