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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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

    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 …


  • Murray expands lead over Rossi

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Patty Murray has expanded her lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi in the latest Washington state Senate vote totals.


  • 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 …


  • Candidates make one last push

    Candidates up and down the ticket scrambled for votes on Election Day.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • Economy the focus of Murray-Rossi 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 current sluggish economy.


  • Man arrested for waving meat cleaver at Murray supporters

    Police arrested a man around 5 p.m. Thursday outside KSPS studios after he drove by a group of Sen. Patty Murray supporters waving a meat cleaver. Johnny J. Sieler, 50, …


  • 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 …


  • Obama to stump for Murray in Seattle

    President Obama will return to Washington next week to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election.


  • Rally to bring out labor voters focuses on I-1082, Boeing bid

    An initiative that would privatize Washington’s workers’ compensation system is one of the key issues that will bring the state’s union members to the polls, labor leaders said at a …


  • Democrats call for patience as critics decry health care law

    As federal health care reform marks its sixth month, some of its key provisions begin to take effect as supporters and opponents of the legislation call attention to what the …


  • 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 …

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