UPDATE: McKenna Narrows Gap; Legal Pot, Gay Marriage Keep Leads; Charter Schools a Tossup

With the most recent wave of counted ballots Attorney General Rob McKenna slightly closed the gap to former Rep. Jay Inslee but remains 2 percentage points behind.

Thursday's ballot count brought some good news to Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, who trails Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee in the Washington governor's race. 

McKenna, with 48.87 percent of the vote to Inslee's 51.13percent, picked up 0.2 percent in King County on Thursday, according to ballot figures released by the county.

This, said McKenna's campaign manager Charles McCray III, validates the campaign's own data, which showed late voters favored McKenna.

"We expect the gap will continue to close," McCray III said. He added that he does not expect a final result for days given the number of votes still to be counted. State estimates put that number at potentially more than 700,000 uncounted ballots.

The marijuana legalization measure, I-502, held steady with a likely insurmountable 10-point lead at 55.44 in favor to 45.46 against. The Washington State Liquor Board already has announced plans to help implement the new law.

The effort to legalize gay marriage, R-74, also remained steady at 52.4 percent in favor to 47.6 against. The consistency of the gap prompted the measure's opponents to concede the race. King County announced plans to extend business hours and begin to issue same-sex marriage licenses Dec. 6. 

The charter schools measure, I-1240, remained too close to call with 51 percent in favor and 49 percent against. 

Look here for more updates late Thursday and Friday. 

C. de Obvious November 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
He's lost...give it up, already!
John Sheridan November 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
It sure would be nice for Washington State to have a governor with the intellect, and braod experience that Rob McKenna would offer us as governor. And it would be refreshing for this state to step out of the box of always voting for democrats (actually most counties in our state vote Republican. I am referring to King County in particular with its giant cluster of residents). We need some diversity and fresh ideas and Rob Mckenna would offer that and help us get out of our financial mess. Unfortunately, Jay Inslee is all about Jay Inslee and represents a narrow wing of residents in our state and is in bondage to special interests, and does not offer fiscial restraint capabilities. Let's hope late ballots puts Rob over the top. It sure is a close race.
Corporations R. People November 09, 2012 at 03:58 AM
And it would be refreshing for this state to step out of the box of always voting for democrats (actually most counties in our state vote Republican. I am referring to King County in particular with its giant cluster of residents). That's a capital idea . . . .Base the will of the populace on the number of counties . . . sorta like corporations are people . . .One vote . . .one county . . .and then King County only gets one vote . . Genius!
jim November 09, 2012 at 05:11 AM
How about one PERSON one vote?
Nick November 09, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Even if Rob should pull ahead they would just recount until they get the numbers to read the way they want. That may be sarcastic but I am surprised they didn't already officially appoint Inslee Governor and then tell us it's too late to undo it.
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Assuming there are exactly 700,000 votes left to be counted, based on the current figures on the SoS's website: Inslee: 1,230,618 McKenna: 1,176,220 McKenna would have to get 377,200 votes to pull ahead (by one vote). This is only 53.9% of the vote, which seems very "do-able." Of course, the flip side is that Inslee only has to get 322,801 votes to retain his lead (by one vote), which is about 46.1% of the remaining votes. Basically, it is still a toss-up, and it really depends on where the bulk of the outstanding ballots are from. If it is King or Jefferson County, McKenna's goose is probably cooked.
Nick November 09, 2012 at 07:37 AM
I just hope however it turns out that it is decisive. It is depressing and discouraging when there is an appearance of possible inappropriate procedures taking place.
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Sorry, but that sounds paranoid to me. What inappropriate procedures are you referring to?
Nick November 09, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Yes I know what it sounds like but I don't lose any sleep over it. The CG election certainly did not look good and has left a bad taste in many folks mouths on both sides of the fence. From your point of view that is without justification and just paranoid. Like I said I don't lose any sleep over it.
Harborite November 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Edward A......if you want to talk about inappropriate behavior...let's talk abou the time Rossi won the election for governor.... :o)
Edward A. November 09, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ah, I thought you were referring to this election. Yes, insanely close elections bring out the worst in people, and I believe there are dishonest people with partisan agendas in both parties. Anyone remember Katherine Harris?
Thomas Liberty November 09, 2012 at 05:07 PM
First, let's consider your case against a representative government. Which is? The idea of 1 person one vote has been around for centuries - our founding fathers (i.e. James Madison) and brilliant conservative/libertarian philosophers before them (i.e. Edmund Burke) have gone to great lengths to discuss both sides of this issue regarding political representation - They have clearly demonstrated the advantages of representative government over this 1 person 1 vote (i.e. mob-ocracy), in my op. http://www.saveourstates.com/
Thomas Liberty November 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
No kidding!
Penny Palmer November 09, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Or how about Bush winning twice or all the voter suppression attempts in swing states this election. Another thing we all may agree on, election fraud is unacceptable in this country. No one should have to wait longer than 30 minutes to vote, voter ID should be easily accessible for anyone who wants to vote, there must be a paper trail, election rules may not change close to the election and voting machines may not be controlled by private companies. So let's all start to work on this now so the next election no one will be able to claim "foul".
Bob McCoy November 09, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Up until I was nine, our home was the polling place for our precinct. Once the polls closed, the people working the poll, including mom and dad, opened the ballot box. They distributed ballots to three different tables, and then counters made manual tallies of the votes. Then the ballots went to a different table for a second tally. If the tallies agreed, the ballets and their tallies were packed to take to the election central location. If the tallies didn't match, the ballots went through another independent count. Counting was an open public event, and all night long, people would come and go to watch the tallying process. I have always remembered the respect and the seriousness which workers and watchers alike showed toward the process. I miss the trip to the polls here in WA, but believe mail ballots have given us a good, reliable system. Aspersions spit on poll workers in any county offend me, unless there is accompanying evidence, and perhaps, convictions. That Ferry County always votes Republican does not make me suspect that the Democratic votes are ignored in that county, their vote reflects the sentiments of the area.
Thomas Liberty November 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
you've waited your entire life for a "man of the people" like Jay Inslee, so i'm sure you can gut it out for a couple more days, and at least humor those of us who want to make sure the votes are all in.
Bob McCoy November 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Hello Edward. Let's hope that there's 'exactly' 699,999 votes or 700,001 votes remaining. Otherwise, we have the potential of each candidate receiving exactly half of the votes. With an odd number of ballots, we can be sure that one candidate will have the mandate of a one-vote victory. Of course, with an even number of ballots counted (a sop to those who believe chicanery rules our voting process in WA), a winner is assured at least a two-vote mandate.
Ken November 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Perhaps whomever becomes the governor will straighten out the voting/tallying system here in Washington. Again WA is last in the nation to complete the tally.
C. de Obvious November 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Best line when karl rove was going over numbers, Megyn asked, "Is this some kind of Republican math you do to make yourself feel better?"
bigyaz November 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Every time the Republicans lose they talk about voter fraud. It's like blaming the referees whenever your team loses. It's immature, intellectually weak and disrespectful to those who happen to disagree with you. Why don't you focus on finding better candidates (Mitt Romney? John McCain?) and be more inclusive, rather than just trying to appeal to angry old white men?
Jason F. December 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree John!


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