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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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Michelle Obama, McCain enter Wash. Senate race fray

First Lady Michelle Obama tried to help get Patty Murray re-elected by telling a luncheon crowd to get “fired up.” U.S. Sen. John McCain tried to boost to Republican Dino Rossi’s chances of joining him in the Senate by saying Murray “engages in a corrupt practice.”


Michelle Obama: Get fired up

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Patty Murray today in Bellevue.The Spokesman-Review didn’t send a reporter. No disrespect to the First Lady, but our closest reporter is in Olympia, and while he made the trip to Seattle for the president, and another to Tacoma earlier…


McCain: Murray part of ‘corrupt process’

U.S. Sen. John McCain tried to give a boost to Republican Dino Rossi’s chances of joining him in the Senate by saying Democrat Patty Murray “engages in a corrput practice.”McCain stepped an inch back from calling Murray, a three-term incumbent with whom he’s had significant…


To avoid any questions, next time Obama should come to Spokane

After President Barack Obama stopped in a Seattle neighborhood for a “backyard conversation”, the Washington State Republican Party complained that this was nothing but a political event for which Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign should be charged.Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. The 35 or…


Obama challenges GOP on cuts

SEATTLE — President Barack Obama used a “backyard conversation” in a northeast Seattle neighborhood to defend his policies and ask voters to demand details from Republicans.


Obama: Ask them what they’d cut

SEATTLE — President Barack Obama said skeptical voters should challenge Republican candidates who are calling for smaller budgets, demanding that they explain how they’d shrink the government.Appearing in a northeast Seattle neighborhood for a “backyard conversation” with about 35 local residents, Obama defended policies his…


Obama: Women made strides, still at disadvantage

SEATTLE—Women have made great strides, so they make up half the workforce, but still face problems with lower wages, President Obama told participants in a “back yard discussion.”Women, like men, have trouble getting loans, he said. They know that the middle class has been under…


Obama heading for Seattle neighborhood

SEATTLE — The streets of the Wedgewood neighborhood in northeast Seattle are lined with people hoping to catch a glimpse or a photo of President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to hold a backyard discussion here shortly after 10 a.m.Parents have children in patio chairs…


Deja vu fight: Who pays for Obama’s stop in Seattle tomorrow

President Barack Obama’s trip to Seattle Thursday for a backyard chat and a political rally at University of Washington is bringing up a dispute Spokane folks can relate to.No, not health care reform. Or Wall Street reform. Or birth certificate provenance. It’s a cost fight,…


WA Senate race: Rossi in Seattle, Murray in Vancouver today

Sen. Patty Murray joins Vice President Joe Biden in Vancouver today for a campaign rally, marking the second time in two weeks the veep has come to the state to campaign for Murray. Former president Bill Clinton was in Everett on Monday, and President Obama…


Senate Debate aftermath: Claiming victory

After last night’s Senate debate, the two combatants — er, candidates — came out for the obligatory post-event press conference to answer questions. The obligatory first question was, how do you think you did.Surprisingly, each thought they did well, but their opponent? Not so much.”I…


Senate debate: Candidates in, cleaver out

Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi have arrived for the first televised debate in Washington’s state Senate race.That means the partisans who arrived to cheer one or jeer the other have dispersed, but not before a person taking issue with their demonstration was…


Live tonight from Spokane: Rossi v. Murray

The first debate in Washington’s U.S. Senate race between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi comes to you live from Spokane at 7 p.m. It will be carried on KXLY-TV and KSPS-TV in Spokane and surrounding communities, on public television stations throughout Washington including KCTS Channel…


Biden making another trip for Murray

In a sign of just how much the Obama administration wants Patty Murray to hold onto her Senate seat, Vice President Joe Biden is making a second campaign stop in Washington this month.Biden will attend a rally with Murray in Vancouver next Tuesday at the…


Dems to party, too, for debate

Not to be out-partied by Republicans, local Democrats have scheduled a debate watch party for the live televised face-off between Dino Rossi and Patty Murray.Democrats will be snacking and cheering at one of their favorite hangouts, Toad Hall, not far from the County Courthouse north…


Obama making return trip for Murray

President Obama will return to Washington next week to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election. The two will appear at a rally at the University of Washington’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Oct. 21.Obama was in Seattle on Aug. 17 to talk about small business assistance…


GOP group holding debate party

The Republicans of Spokane County don’t have the word “party” in their club’s name. But they plan to make up for that on Thursday with a party in fact.They’ll be hosting a party at the Quality Inn Valley Suites, Argonne at I-90, to watch the…


Biden: stick with Murray and Ds despite recession

TACOMA – Despite Friday’s reports of unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent and a net loss of jobs nationwide, Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to stick with Sen. Patty Murray and other Democrats next month.Jobs are returning in the auto industry and other parts of…


Biden: Not your father’s GOP

TACOMA — Vice President Joe Biden tried to make the case today that Democrats, not Republicans, represent real change and coax young voters to make another trip to the polls for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in her close race against Republican Dino Rossi.”You turned out…


Murray pounds Wall Street

TACOMA — Wall Street played “Russian roulette” with the nation’s future and shouldn’t be allowed to do it again, Sen. Patty Murray told a cheering crowd of about 1,000 here.”I vowed on my watch Main Street will never again be left holding the bag by…