UPDATE: Inslee Still Leads But McKenna Not Ready to Concede Governor's Race

Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna still trails by 48,766 votes after the latest count. He remains confident the result will flip with additional remaining ballots.


Still trailing after Wednesday's vote count, Attorney General Rob McKenna told supporters that he believes the remaining, uncounted votes will swing the governor's race in his favor.

"We believe my advantage among later voters is going to carry me in this election," McKenna told supporters in a video released Wednesday.

Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee leads 51.16 percent to McKenna's 48.84 percent with slightly more than 2.1 million ballots counted. State elections officials will release updated totals on Thursday. 

McKenna's campaign manager, Randy Pepple, explained that his team's internal data and trend analysis showed that McKenna, a former King County councilmember, was strongly favored by voters who had decided but had not yet cast ballots last week.

“The people that were deciding late were trending heavily in our favor,” Pepple said. 

McKenna did close the vote gap in King County in second-day totals, the Seattle Times reported, but Inslee offset that gain with ballots from other counties. 

Even without the final count, Inslee appears nearly ready to declare victory. On Wednesday, he announced the formation of a transition team for the move into the governor's office. He said he does not see late votes changing anything.

"I am very confident that we will be in a position to lead the state of Washington for the next four years," he said in a news conference.

Check back with Patch Thursday for additional updates.  

Penny Palmer November 08, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Have to disagree Harborite as one who does not have equal rights and is tired of being treated as a second class citizen. Your party needs to understand and accept times have changed, hatred is no longer a family value. I voted for McKenna 2 elections ago when I thought he represented all of us but would never do so again after he went on his own to file suit against Obamacare. Am also very concerned with his affiliation with the tea party. Washington State is not a red state and it is decided by population not region. Did you notice that the last few states to declare for Obama were the states that openly tried to suppress the vote. No one Republican, Democrat or Independent should have to wait hours to vote. Let's get on with trying to work together on what we agree on.
Bob McCoy November 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Hello Malia. If your question was directed to me, my answer is one vote per person is what I support. As I volunteer on wildlife issues, I see remarks about Seattle forcing <whatever the complainer doesn't like> down the eastside's (eastern Washington's) gullet. The graphic I posted was to show that one eastside county's vote on 1996's I-655 was sufficient to pass the Initiative. The westside vote didn't force anything. The NO margins against the Initiative were razor thin, so thin, that one eastside county's YES vote carried the Initiative. Washington is less divided on attitudes than the moneyed interests on the eastside would have us believe. Not only is the Puget Sound (PS) region the economic engine of Washington State, it is the tax base that carries the sparsely populated counties. We live in more dense areas, put up with traffic issues, more air pollution, crime, and other dissatisfiers, so why do our brothers and sisters who want to live and work in more rural areas curse us for our sacrifice to help support their arrangements? Do eastsiders really want all of us in the PS region to move eastward to share in their open-spaces lifestyle? (continued...)
Don November 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Yep Penny and Edward, It's time to accept the freaks. Their growing in number and power and acceptance. How wonderfully liberal. I look forward to the day I can marry my chocolate lab! Come on now! Lets not stop here! Someday we might be able to marry our cars!
Jeanne Gustafson November 08, 2012 at 06:47 PM
That may be, rentonben. I hope you feel that your viewpoint and opinions are respected and accepted on Patch.
Nathan November 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We've been redefining marriage for too long. It's time to stop. It all started with this one man, one woman nonsense. We need to get back to traditional marriage where a man owned his wife (or wives) and kids and could treat them as his rightful property. It's clear that today's conservative support of marriage between two equal, consenting adults of opposite sexes put us on the slippery slope to marriage between equal consenting adults of any gender.
Ronald G Malavotte November 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I have a solution for a fair system that would take in the entire state. I have to agree with Eastern Washington that they are ruled by the huge population centers in Western Washington. My idea is to use a Electoral College voting system with each county having a set amount of votes cast by your county council, that would be a fair system.
Bob McCoy November 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
(...cont) There are 6.8 Million people in Washington State. Two (2) Million live in King County, leaving 4.8 Million in other parts. Given similar age distributions, there are enough voters to override any King County (KC) vote, even one that receives 100% of KC's votes. If indeed, 90% of the people (counties don't vote) outside of KC want something, they will get it. The reality is, there are sufficient stupid people in conservative counties that don't want it, and they don't vote for it, and they align with the stupid people in KC who don't want it, and vote against it. If King County goes 60/40 FOR an issue, the rest of the state can beat it by going about 55/45 AGAINST. Are those who lose on an issue positive that the issue was overwhelmingly popular everywhere but King County? Or is it overbearing attitudes that keep your neighbors silent, until they express their desire by voting? The wage base in KC for 2011 was $67.8 Billion, nearly half of the State's $136.3 Billion total wages.(Personal Income was only 38%.) King County receives about $0.58 in state tax expenditures for each $1.00 paid in taxes (2008 data). Where do you suppose that $0.42 went? Whitman County received $4.02 for its dollar. Spokane County received $1.33. Stevens, $1.87. Okanogan, $1.47. Lincoln, $2.44. Tell me, please, any self-described conservative parent, what do you say to your children living at home, when they say things like "You never do anything for me; you never get me what I want?"
Jeanne Gustafson November 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I am totally married to my job. Priests are married to God, some groups have marriages to the Devil. I hear, though I don't know first-hand, that some have even been married to the mob--my only hope for our local economy is that it's the Issaquah Cash Mob they are married to.
Malia Kawaguchi November 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Again, so one person one vote doesn't work for you.
Malia Kawaguchi November 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Very clear. Thank you, Bob. (For the record, it was Mr. Sheridan who was confusing me.)
Bob McCoy November 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Cosmo, the only way we'll be hanging Chad is if he chooses the rope over lethal injection. Washington changed the capital punishment law in 1996, I believe. In Florida, they may punch Chad, but we're civilized and just blot him out.
Nathan November 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
That wouldn't change anything Ronald, because the electoral college is based on population - like the number of congressional reps. Perhaps you're thinking of a senate-like solution where each county gets the same number regardless of population. Don't think that would fly though.
Bryan November 08, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Didn't happen Nathan. That's progressive re-write of history that just isn't true.
Don November 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I have never understood why we can't use the popular vote. The candidate that gets the most number of votes wins. I've heard the arguments against it but it's all dribble. Popular vote is the way to go.
Bob McCoy November 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
What a great idea. Let's take the old Army recruiting motto, and adapt it so everyone in Washington State gets what they want: "An Anarchy of One!"* Perhaps, if those that did not get their way had presented more convincing arguments, or worked harder, or had not called the other side names, shutting down civil discourse, they might have succeeded by presenting a better option. (*Personally, I prefer the informal Navy motto: "Non sibi sed patriae.")
Don November 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Not for self, but for country? Are you nuts? That would never fly today.
C. de Obvious November 09, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Didn't Dino whats-his-name pull this same crap last time. Same old tired bag of republican tactics.
Don November 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
C. Are you blind and stupid? Read the following from above: John Sheridan 9:10 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Don is correct to a vast degree. What happened in the Dino Rossi vs. Christine Gregoire race was King County played the game of waiting for other counties to tally and certify their total votes. Then, King country manufactured enough votes with so-called "provisional voters" - many who were illegal or dead or non-registered - to magically come up with the magic number twice to take it away from Dino winning. Same Reed should not have certified that election. Lesson to be learned: Let King County declare its final number of votes first and then count the remaining counties for a fair an honest election. But no matter who wins, we have serious issues before us, and need to work together and put people ahead of party affiliation and bring out the best ideas from both parties! We are Washington State and can get along. We are not Chicago. C. de, if you have problems reading this I'll try and rewrite it using smaller words.
employee November 09, 2012 at 02:31 AM
John, can you provide us with one, just one example of illegal, dead or non-registered votes that actually showed up on the count? Just one sir.
employee November 09, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Don, it "flys" every day, all day, all week, all month, 365 days a year in the brave people who serve our national defense. You are putting down the official motto of the Navy. Show a little respect for people who choose to serve thier country.
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Bryan, your blatant ignorance of your own holy book is not surprising, and neither are your attempts to revise history. See this article, and many polls, which show the same thing: http://www.christianity.com/1270946/ When it comes to treatment of women, for example, take a look at Deuteronomy 22. I found a handy flowchart illustrating these laws: http://i.imgur.com/cR3Tv.png The Bible is full of misogynistic nonsense like this, and these anachronistic stories are ample evidence of how the idea of marriage has evolved over the millennia. They are also why relying on the Bible for guidance in human morality and ethics is laughable, particularly for Biblical literalists who pick and choose which verses they want to enforce (on everyone else, of course). Finally, how many times did Jesus talk about homosexuality, according to the accounts in the NT? Zero. And how many times did he talk about wealth? Luke 12:15 Luke 14:33 Mark 10:21 Mark 12:43-44 Matthew 6:19-21 (Note: I am talking about the real Jesus here -- not Republican Jesus)
rentonben November 09, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Edward, Christianity is more than just grabbing quotes from the bible. What you are doing, regardless of the issue, it called proof-texting and it's considered the weakest form of argument by Chrstian theologians. Clearly, Jesus did command his followers in what form marriage is, but also Jesus commanded his followers to charity. We could have an intelighent conversation about what command is to be followed, or if secular laws trump religious law, or if there are two worlds, but proof-texting isn't usually part of those arguments without the narative of Christian teaching and authority.
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I have no doubt pointing out absurd laws in the Bible is considered a weak form of criticism by theologians. These so-called experts rely on a combination of tortured interpretation and blatant disregard of "uncomfortable" portions of the full text to try to salvage some kind of coherent message, which is itself usually disputed by other factions who read the tea leaves differently. This is, of course, why there are Christian monks who take vows of poverty, but also mainstream Christian churches that teach that material wealth is a blessing from God. Both schools of thought are justified using interpretations of the Bible that are mutually exclusive, and both will find "theologians" who will stake their reputations on the quality of their scholarship. "A theologian is like a blind man in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn't there - and finding it!"
rentonben November 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'd perhaps recommend spending some time with christians before making more assumptions. The idea that all Christian thought comes from theologians studying the Bible is not correct.
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You didn't like criticism of what the Bible says (probably because it is awkwardly evil), so I explained that it doesn't matter what theologians consider valid criticism, because they are charlatans. Similarly, it doesn't matter what Christians *think* the Bible says, because most Christians pick and choose the parts they like and ignore the rest. How can I not have spent time with Christians? Even in a relatively non-religious state like Washington (well, western Washington anyway), Christians are the majority. Most Christians don't get their religion from the Bible. At least, not the whole Bible. They ignore the parts they don't like or don't understand. For example, gay-marriage opponents love Leviticus 18. But they completely ignore the rest of the laws in that book, claiming *those* laws don't apply to them. Because, while they might not like people of the same sex (at least not *that* way), they do like shellfish, and mixing cotton and wool clothing.
J Linn November 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Ignorant comment.
J Linn Black Henline November 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ignorant comment Don.
John Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I too think marriage is between a man and a woman. Our state has civil unions and we are all equal in God's eyes. And those who believe in God of the Bible are merely following God's opinions, so if you have a problem with changing marriage take it up with our Creator. It is not mean-spirited to have standards. I love all people.
John Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I totally agree with Ronald M. about a more fair way of splitting up the Electoral College voting system so that each county has a voice in proportion to its population. Hopefully, this will be the trend of the USA going into the future. And this will help ensure that candidates for office will visit more counties, instead of just hanging out in big cities. Thus, it guarentees more shared representation, which we all want.
Nathan November 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
John, I think you have it backwards. If we had some kind of county electoral system the candidates would visit fewer counties, not more. Look at the national election for your guide. How much time was spent in Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin vs Texas, California and new York? The swing states get the attention and the other states only get visits when they host fund raisers. In our state it would mean king, pierce and Snohomish along with eastern WA get no visits as those are not "swing counties". Southwest WA and maybe Whitman and Spokane counties would get all the attention.


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