November 24, 2004
Rossi declares victory

This statement was just released by the Rossi campaign



Rossi wins 2nd count

Governor-Elect ‘honored’to be chosen as state’s next governor

Bellevue, WA – Governor-Elect Dino Rossi said today he is “honored” that the people of Washington have chosen him to be the next governor.

Rossi, who is currently on a long-scheduled vacation with his wife, Terry, and their four children, Juliauna, Jake, Joseph and Jillian, thanked the voters of Washington state.

“This process has lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would, but I’m grateful that the people of Washington have placed their trust in me,” said Rossi. “I know a lot of Democrats and Independents crossed party lines to vote for me, and I appreciate that very much. I am focusing on preparing for a new administration in Olympia, and doing what I promised to do throughout the campaign: Get people back to work and turn our economy around.”

Rossi said that despite Christine Gregoire’s comments about a hand recount, he hopes the Attorney General will do the right thing for the state and concede.

“I was honored to have many distinguished current and former elected officials – former Governor and Senator Dan Evans, former Senator Slade Gorton, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro, former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman and current King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert – speak out on my behalf today, and to also urge the Attorney General to concede. It’s time for our state to move forward.”

In a news conference today at Rossi campaign headquarters in Bellevue, former Gov. Dan Evans compared this race to a marathon, noting that the average marathon runner makes 50,000 strides. But in the end, Evans said, even if the winner of the marathon is only one-half of a stride ahead of the next runner, he or she is still declared the victor, and the race is over. Evans said that even though this governor’s race is exceptionally close, Rossi has finished ahead twice and race should now be over.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at November 24, 2004 04:44 PM | Email This
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1. Here's hoping that Gregoire takes Evans' advice and concedes now. Berendt could still demand and pay for recounts, but the political pressure would be for him to desist. I would be truly thankful tomorrow to know Rossi will be our governor.

Posted by: Andy MacDonald on November 24, 2004 05:07 PM
2. Am I wrong to assume that the RNC lawyers are on their way to Washington or are they here already? Next week should be very interesting. ANother question isn't there s suit in FEDERAL court right now about the dems personally going around collecting the provisional ballots? What is the status?

Posted by: Carol on November 24, 2004 05:14 PM
3. There are probably competing interests here.

Although Gregoire wants to finish this campaign with a victory, she also would likely want to be able to fight another day. If she burns all of her political capital on a selective recount, it could be quite damaging to her as it was to Gore. The bad thing for her is that the Governor's office is all she has to go for since there are D's in both of the US Senate seats. I don't know where she would stand as far as congress. That said, with a very close loss she could come back in four years and make a solid challenge. It is not at all uncommon for such a challenge to be successful.

For the Democratic party, however, they need this victory. There is too much power accumulated in Olympia to relinquish it, even just for four years. Rossi can make too many changes which would freeze their main backers from the government trough in that time. It would be better for them to lose a US Senate seat than the governorship. I would expect them to keep fighting as long as there is any avenue for them to pursue.

Posted by: Steve N on November 24, 2004 05:24 PM
4. I hope a great, big CA Republican congratulations to you all isn't premature.

Gregoire will not be elected in '08 if Rossi does a good job for the people and replants the government with Republican appointees.

I sincerely hope the win holds and that Rossi acts swiftly. He will not be able to afford Democrat Machiavellis in hidden offices under his watch if he is to be successful.

This is a huge win for 'pubs!

Good luck to all of you!

KB

Posted by: KittyBurglar on November 24, 2004 05:55 PM
5. What do you make of the Democrats' letter to Sam Reed and their fixation on one county--Franklin?

Posted by: Breyers on November 24, 2004 06:02 PM
6. Here's the letter:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/local/links/demletter.pdf

Posted by: Breyers on November 24, 2004 06:02 PM
7. Is it time to start a pool on how many more votes will be "found" in King County?

Posted by: Terry on November 24, 2004 06:05 PM
8. The local Moses Lake channel, which is Spokane , said Gregoire will as for a recount. That is within the law; and my understaning is that if that recount changes the results, the state does a full hand recount. I think at this time we have to wait for the process to conclude. I dont think the Dems gain a lot of good publicity for this; I think the repubs will be best served by waiting the results. The projection the spokane channel said would be it would be Christmas before a final result is announced. And Gregoire did say in the spot I saw that she would accept that result--of course, she doesnt have any choice; she has to accept it. The dems are bankrupt in my estimation, and even if Rossi loses on a recount, he stands to unseat Cantwell.
Thank Al Gore for establishing the lawsuit as the final arbiter of elections. Sick.

Posted by: RogerA on November 24, 2004 06:08 PM
9. Gregoire refused to concede and said she wants a hand recount.

You go girl!

Posted by: John on November 24, 2004 06:12 PM
10. Here's a win win suggestion:

Gregoire concedes graciously, moves into the 7th Congressional District and runs against McDermott in the primary in 2 years. Everyone wins that one!

The more interesting aspect of that match-up is that they would likely face each other again in the general election given our new "top-two" primary system.

Posted by: Tim A on November 24, 2004 06:14 PM
11. I'm not a big fan of Gregoire, but I'd definitely vote her in over Baghdad Bob.

Posted by: bmvaughn on November 24, 2004 06:54 PM
12. What an exciting finish (?). Having grown up in Chicago during the Daley Machine era, also attending law school with son (now mayor) Daley, Chicago politics is unmatched; but WA dems are not far off the mark. Dino is a breath of fresh political air, indeed.

Posted by: Nolan Goudeaux on November 24, 2004 07:10 PM
13. Tim A-
You're funny.

RogerA-
Your proclivity for semicolons is quite disturbing.

Posted by: Patrick on November 24, 2004 09:03 PM
14. I still stand by my prediction that Gregoire wins. The Democrats have too much to lose to let this one slip away. They'll find a way. Every recount lets more votes go toward her. Adios Dino!

Posted by: Anon on November 24, 2004 09:15 PM
15. The most disturbing news I've heard so far concerning the hand recount is King County's Mr. Logan stating that they will need to hire several hundred temporary workers to complete a hand recount. If anyone has convincing reasons why these temps will provide a more precise hand count than the counts already completed, I'd love to hear them!

Posted by: zip on November 24, 2004 09:38 PM
16. Breyers, the letter is an interesting find. I have a few comments, and I will be spamming khamilton@perkinscoie.com with them. I encourage others to do the same. As for Sam Reed, I doubt he'll be intimidated by the requests the dem lawyers are making to investigate the "irregularities". While not necessarily friendly to the republicans, he has been pretty hard to get him to change his way. Let the dem lawyers file suit if they want investigations. But then, that may be their hope...file suits to counter the republican lawsuits so the judge throws both out.

Posted by: Chris on November 24, 2004 10:08 PM
17. I am still curious exactly how come King County managed to count 336 more ballots in the recount -- 898,574 vs. 898,236. These are not enhanced ballots, these are additional ballots. The King County Elections website has a posting which acknowledges this, but fails to provide any explanation.

Posted by: Richard Pope on November 24, 2004 10:44 PM
18. I've updated my blog - go to to see the latest.

Posted by: Josef on November 25, 2004 12:21 AM
19. Gregoire at best will be the new Governor of Seattle, as she lost in the rest of King County and the major majority of all counted counties in this state. She lost in 31 of 39 couties across the state. The partial recount is no more than a democrat's way to pass on another more expensive and less accurate count on the already taxed out citizens of Washington. I expect we may see our 51st state come from within this state! Heck let's make Ron Sims the Lt Governor of Seattle (especially after his recent CAO land Grab he is about as well liked and respected in Rural king County and the rest of the state as she will be).

Posted by: Greg on November 29, 2004 09:43 PM
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