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Candidate Votes Pct
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 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…


Patty Murray will lead Senate veterans committee

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., today was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.


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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…


A Democratic turn of phrase

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Murray takes campaign job

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Murray expected to lead campaign group

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Bragging rights go to Washington Poll

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Murray re-elected — to Democratic leadership

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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.


Incumbent Murray expands lead in Senate race

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How close for recount?

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Candidates make one last push

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Murray, Rossi hit road in final push for votes

Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi wrapped up their road trips today as volunteers on both sides lit up phone lines and knocked on doors — even in chilling fall weather — to drum up every vote they could muster.


Murray, Rossi in Spokane Saturday

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Poll roundup in the Senate race

Three polls of Washington’s U.S. Senate race released in the last 24 hours have different numbers, but actually conclude the same thing: The race is very close.Rasmussen Research late Thursday had the race at 47 percent Dino Rossi, 46 percent Patty Murray. It’s a survey…