u 2010 Washington General Election

U.S. Senator

Last updated: Nov. 12, 5:37 p.m. Election results

Patty Murray (D) 1,262,778 52.15%
Dino Rossi (R) 1,158,708 47.85%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

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Murray to lead Veterans Affairs Committee

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is a great honor, but an even bigger responsibility,” Murray said in a news release. “I have a tremendous duty to the 22 million veterans across the country who have stepped up to serve our nation and who deserve the highest quality care, benefits, and treatment in return.” Read more

Murray named chairwoman of Senate Veterans Affairs

Sen. Patty Murray has been one of the leading voices on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for years. Now she’s the actual leader. The Washington Democrat, who has been on the panel since 1995 and has built a huge constituency among veterans who regularly support… Read more

Local lawmakers’ reactions to State of the Union vary

While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. “Like all (State of the Union) speeches, it was short on details.” Read more

NW delegation finds reasons to cheer, jeer in Obama speech

While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said. “Like all (state of the union) speeches, it was short on details.” Read more

Who’s your speech date?

Being watched almost as closely as what President Obama says tonight are the locations of where the honorable members of Congress will sit. Put another way: Who’s your date for the State of the Union? Traditionally, the Democrats sit on one side of the House… Read more

Murray in Spokane Weds.

One of Sen. Patty Murray’s first public appearances since the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., will be in Spokane Wednesday afternoon at a very secure location. The Spokane Police Academy. Murray and Mayor Mary Verner have a 1:30 p.m. tour of the facility and a 2… Read more

Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night. Read more

Note to Democrats: Areas with high voter turnout hurt you

Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing. So it might be wise for Spokane County Democrats to consider statistics from last month’s election that show they lost the courthouse essentially because they did poorly in areas that voted well. Read more

A Democratic turn of phrase

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray agreed recently to take the job of chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a group dedicated, as its name suggests, to getting more Democrats elected to the Senate.Considering last month’s election results, it’s not surprising there wasn’t a long line… Read more

Murray will head up party’s Senate races

Sen. Patty Murray will serve as the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign operation for the next two years. Read more

Murray takes campaign job

Sen. Patty Murray has formally accepted the job as the head of the Senate Democrats’s campaign operation.A statement from outgoing Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez is congratulating Murray on her selection. It says all the standard things, such as she’s the best choice… Read more

Murray expected to lead campaign group

Sen. Patty Murray will be announced as the new chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee later today, sources in the other Washington are saying this morning.Roll Call, a newspaper and website that covers almost every move in Congress, says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid… Read more

GOP’s anti-Cantwell e-mail at odds with state’s reality

After regular missives for months from the folks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, things had been quiet for two whole weeks. The group in charge of getting Republicans elected to the Senate didn’t call, they didn’t write, they didn’t text. Read more

Bragging rights go to Washington Poll

OLYMPIA — Remember all those polls in the U.S. Senate race that were all over the place in the last week of the election?Democrat Patty Murray was up by 4. No, Republican Dino Rossi was up by 3. No, they’re tied.Turns out the most accurate… Read more

Murray re-elected — to Democratic leadership

Sen. Patty Murray achieved her second re-election in two weeks today, winning another term as the Senate Democratic Conference secretary, the Number 4 position in Democratic leadership.There were no changes, on either side of the aisle, in leadership positions. Harry Reid of Nevada is the… Read more

Murray secures Senate victory

Democrat Patty Murray won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, building a lead of nearly 50,000 votes over Republican rival Dino Rossi as counting continued Thursday. Faced with a near mathematical impossibility of catching her even though hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted, Rossi conceded Thursday evening. Read more

Man arrested again in Murray threat

A Spokane man arrested outside a U.S. Senate candidates debate with a meat cleaver and other knives has been charged in federal court. John Jay Sieler, 50, is accused of threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray on Oct. 14 as he drove by her supporters waving a meat cleaver and shouting profanities. Read more

Murray wins, Rossi concedes

Patty Murray’s lead in the U.S. Senate race became insurmountable Thursday, prompting Republican challenger Dino Rossi to concede at 6:15 p.m. Read more

Incumbent Murray expands lead in Senate race

Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi headed into a third day of vote tallies today with no clear winner in Washington state’s U.S. Senate race. Read more

Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

Democrat Chris Marr conceded defeat Wednesday night in the record-breaking million-dollar battle for a Spokane County state Senate seat. Marr made up some ground in the second day of ballot counting against Republican Michael Baumgartner, but he said it was too little to make a difference. Read more