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Spin Control

Rossi not conceding

Despite the fact that Gov. Chris Gregoire declared victory, and regardless of what the networks say, GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi says the race ain't over yet.

Rossi spokeswoman Jill Strait issued a statement looking toward tomorrow's counts

“At this hour, fewer than 50 percent of ballots have been counted statewide. We saw in 2004 and again in the primary this year that later votes cast and counted trended heavily toward Dino Rossi. If that happens again in this general election the results will change. The Rossi campaign simply does not feel that we are in a position to know who will win. Thus, Dino is not ready to concede. We expect to give a new statement tomorrow after we see a second round of returns in the lower-turnout counties.“

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