Dino Rossi's gubernatorial campaign seems to be trying to downplay expectations for the Aug. 19 primary.
Rossi obviously expects to make it through next Tuesday's election to face Democrat Chris Gregoire in November. But a press release sent out by the campaign seems to be an attempt to inoculate him against any questions about getting fewer votes than she gets.
A memo from Campaign Manager Afton Swift explains why Gregoire might come out of the top two primary as the top one, because
turnout is sluggish and
the so-called 4 of 4s (people who have cast ballots in all of the last four elections) are most likely to vote, and
polling shows Rossi does better with less likely voters, and
less likely voters are probably going to vote in November in greater numbers, and
there's more Democrats than Republicans in Washington, and
Republicans hardly ever get the most votes in gubernatorial primaries, even if they win the general election, and
Democrats are more likely to vote in the primary, while Republicans and independents will probably turn out heavier in November, and
Gregoire has spent more than Rossi on TV ads.
So don't even think about looking at his totals, and comparing them with her totals, Swift seems to be suggesting. Unless of course his are bigger, in which case, it's a sure bet they'll be declaring a huge victory that portends an even bigger win in November.