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Update: Washington's Gubernatorial Race

November 9, 2012

The only governor's race that hasn't been called yet is Washington's gubernatorial contest: 74.5 percent of precincts are now reporting, and former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee is holding his lead over GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna. Inslee has 51 percent of the vote to McKenna's 49 percent, but McKenna's team is not giving up as results from the all-mail election continue to come in (ballots just needed to be post-marked by Election Day).

Here's the Seattle Times on the latest:

With an estimated 770,000 votes left to be counted, time is running out for McKenna, whose vote deficit has remained nearly unchanged since Election Day.

To catch up, the Republican would need to grab 54 percent of the remaining votes -- a target he has not hit on any day of vote-counting so far.

In Thursday's count, McKenna received 48.9 percent of the vote from the 20 counties that reported results. That's an improvement from Election Day in those same counties, when he got 47.6 percent. But it was down from Wednesday's tally when he got 50.4 percent.

If the vote in King County stays the same, McKenna would need 62 percent of the estimated remaining votes outside King County to pull even. McKenna is now getting 53.4 percent outside the county and 37.8 percent within.

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