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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • Voters favor Republicans locally and nationally

    Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat …


  • 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 …


  • Inboxes become political arenas

    The fight for Washington’s U.S. Senate seat is not just waged at rallies, in debates and on the airwaves. It’s a daily e-mail battle from the two sides trying to …


  • Parties’ big guns stump for Senate foes Murray, Rossi

    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 Republican Dino Rossi’s …


  • Spin Control: Mr. President, welcome 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. …


  • Obama joined by Murray during Seattle backyard meeting

    SEATTLE – Voters should be skeptical of Republican candidates calling for smaller budgets and ask what they’d cut, President Barack Obama said Thursday. Appearing in a northeast Seattle neighborhood for …


  • Murray-Rossi race a statistical dead heat

    WASHINGTON – With two weeks to go, the Washington state U.S. Senate race is a virtual dead heat, with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray holding a 1-point lead, 48 percent to …


  • Murray, Rossi debate taxes, earmarks, stimulus

    Patty Murray and Dino Rossi continued their war of words over tax cuts, federal spending and health care Sunday as they debated a second and final time before next month’s …


  • Voters’ take on Senate debate only one that really matters

    One of the downsides of being a panelist in a political debate is that people always ask “Who won?” That happened after Thursday’s debate between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi, …


  • Murray, Rossi focus on economy in first debate

    The first debate between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican opponent Dino Rossi came down to who’s to blame for the sluggish economy. Murray, a Democrat running for a …


  • Rossi counting on anger with status quo, Murray

    With all the shrill attack ads savaging Democrat Patty Murray as an incompetent spendthrift or Republican Dino Rossi as a slippery bagman, it’s pretty easy to forget the two candidates …


  • Washington U.S. Senate race

    As a three-term incumbent Democrat in a state that supported Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore, Patty Murray theoretically should have an easy time winning a fourth term. But …


  • Obamas plan West Side trips for Murray campaign

    President Barack Obama will return to Washington next week to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election. The two will appear in Seattle at a rally at the University of Washington’s …


  • Senators, Rossi weigh in on tanker bid

    The nation’s nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the campaign trail in …


  • Rossi makes case with small-business owners

    Republican challenger Dino Rossi told a room full of small-business owners in Spokane on Monday that he is the candidate they should elect if they want a chance at restoring …


  • Spin Control: Beneath data, a glimpse into voters’ thinking

    Washington voters tend to stick with incumbents, with notable exceptions. They ousted Sen. Warren G. Magnuson in 1980, when he was among the most powerful members of the Senate. They …


  • Poll suggests Murray ahead of Rossi

    OLYMPIA – Democrat incumbent Patty Murray leads Republican challenger Dino Rossi in a “highly partisan” race, a new poll by Elway Research Inc., suggests. If they were voting today, half …


  • Spin Control: So far, Rossi stiff-arming Didier on pledge

    Clint Didier, who placed third in last month’s U.S. Senate primary, released a long letter to supporters last week explaining why he still can’t endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi, who …


  • Rossi’s earmark stance questioned

    Republican Dino Rossi’s latest television commercial repeats an objection to certain types of federal spending known as earmarks that has become a hallmark of his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. …


  • Rossi campaign waged losing battle over veterans

    OLYMPIA – Candidates with at least half a brain rarely pick a fight they cannot win. So it seemed odd last week when a Seattle television station reported Dino Rossi …


  • Didier wants commitments from Rossi

    Unsuccessful Senate candidate Clint Didier set conditions Friday for endorsing fellow Republican Dino Rossi in the race against incumbent Democrat Patty Murray. Rossi must take strong positions against abortion, taxes …


  • Didier holds off on Rossi endorsement

    Tea party favorite Clint Didier says he won’t endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi in the Senate race against Patty Murray unless Rossi agrees to take strong positions against abortion, taxes …


  • Murray, Rossi move on to November in Senate race

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi formalized their November matchup today, emerging as expected from Washington state’s “top two” primary by comfortable margins.


  • Senate run reasoning ranges from pot to God

    For sheer variety, it’s hard to beat this year’s U.S. Senate race. And I’m not talking about the candidates you’ve likely heard of. There’s a doctor, a lawyer, a physicist, …


  • U.S. Senate candidates, issues

    To allow readers to compare and contrast the main candidates for the U.S. Senate on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked the three main Republican challengers and the incumbent Democrat the …


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