|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.
- Seattle, WA
Education: Earned bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.
Political experience: Served on Shoreline School Board; former state senator; four-term U.S. senator
Work experience: Preschool teacher, member of Congress.
Family: Married, two children.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is a great honor, but an even bigger responsibility,” Murray said in a news release. “I have a tremendous duty to the 22 million veterans across the country who have stepped up to serve our nation and who deserve the highest quality care, benefits, and treatment in return.”
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., today was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. “Like all (State of the Union) speeches, it was short on details.”
While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. “I thought he gave a very good speech,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said. “Like all (state of the union) speeches, it was short on details.”
Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night.
Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing. So it might be wise for Spokane County Democrats to consider statistics from last month’s election that show they lost the courthouse essentially because they did poorly in areas that voted well.
Sen. Patty Murray will serve as the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign operation for the next two years.
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 to the Senate didn’t call, they didn’t write, they didn’t text.
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 near mathematical impossibility of catching her even though hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted, Rossi conceded Thursday evening.
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 threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray on Oct. 14 as he drove by her supporters waving a meat cleaver and shouting profanities.
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.
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.