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Update: McKenna Concedes Washington Governor’s Race to Inslee

New vote totals were too much to overcome Inslee's lead, his campaign manager says.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna conceded the race for governor Friday, with his campaign manager saying the new vote totals made it clear he couldn’t overcome Democratic former congressman Jay Inslee’s lead, according to media reports.

New vote totals released Friday evening kept Inslee ahead of McKenna, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.

The Associated Press reported that McKenna called Inslee on Friday night to congratulate him.

At a news conference his his campaign headquarters, Inslee said McKenna was gracious in defeat.

"I know he and his supporters worked extremely hard. We had a good discussion about the issues and now it's time for all of us to unite across the state of Washington to build a working Washington," Inslee said, according to the Seattle Times.

Washington State Democrats Chair Dwight Pelz said he was thrilled the issue was settled and that Inslee could move forward with his transition into the governor's office. 

"There is much work to do, but Jay Inslee is the right leader for Washington," Pelz said in a statement.

"Rob McKenna ran a great campaign, and proved to be a very strong candidate in yet another tough contest. But we've always thought Jay had the best vision for our state." 

Inslee had held a slight lead since Tuesday. McKenna's concession came just a day after his campaign manager, Randy Pepple, posted a video explaining why he thought McKenna would be able to overcome Inslee's lead.

Edward A. November 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Oh joy. Another premillennial dispensationalist who assumes he is one of the elect, and doesn't even know the actual name of the Book of Revelation. This sort of nonsense is the ultimate passive aggression ("Jesus is coming home soon, and you are in big trouble!"). I am fairly certain the real Jesus Christ wouldn't consider you one of his followers (and if you ever stopped to think about it, you'd probably reach the same conclusion), but He would certainly forgive you, and I do too.
Don November 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Edward, you're funny. Your comment if nothing is passive aggressive. I like he forgiveness at the end which is showing pity more than actual forgiveness, quite a sharp little jab, bravo...oops..was I just PA? :D
Edward A. November 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thanks for noticing my intentional passive aggression -- I worried it wouldn't get noticed! The jab was intentional, too, but I wasn't trying to be funny. I think looking forward to the rapture as some sort of salvation and payback is dangerous lunacy, and I am always amazed at how little its devotees actually know about the Book of Revelation, and the nutty dispensationalist interpretation invented by Darby in the 1800s.
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
DEMOCRATS ATTEMPT TO BREAK PROMISES MADE BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK PROMISES MADE TO ENTICE ANNEXATION BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!

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