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Going, going, GOP

The Washington State Democratic Party clearly doesn't like the fact that Dino Rossi lists his party preference as GOP. It's not like they filed suit just because they've got lawyers sitting around doing nothing.

Or do they?

In any case, here's another bit of data to consider. Rossi is hardly the only candidate on the ballot using "GOP" as his party preference.

The Secretary of State's office says 24 other candidates listed that when they filed for office. Another listed Grand Old Party...which of course means the line reads "prefers Grand Old Party Party."

That should be illegal because of the redundancy.

If Rossi were to be barred from using that designation, would the others have to switch, too?

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.