Democrats hold the Washington governorship
Democrat Jay Inslee will become Washington's next governor, after Rob McKenna conceded their tight race.
November 9th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Democrats hold the Washington governorship

Democrats held onto the governorship in Washington on Friday, bringing an end to the only outstanding election from this week's governors' races.

Republican candidate Rob McKenna conceded to Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in a video statement. Inslee, a former U.S. representative, will succeed two-term Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.

"Despite the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers, donors, staff and everyone who's been part of Team McKenna, it appears we will fall short of victory when the last ballots are counted. After 17 months of hard work, that is a very disappointing result," said McKenna.

Eleven states held governors' races Tuesday. Democrats were defending eights seats, Republicans three.

By Wednesday afternoon, CNN had projected winners in all but one of the elections - Washington - where mail-in ballots made up about 40% of the votes.

With the race in Washington now decided, Democrats hold 19 governorships; Republicans 30. Rhode Island's governor is an independent.

Republicans flipped North Carolina this year, expanding their national lead over Democrats at the statehouse level. The state hadn't elected a GOP governor since the 1980s.

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  1. Verbert

    17 months of lunacy should never be rewarded yet we see it happen constantly.
    There is nothing rational about campaigning for 17 months when we have so much information technology to "get the word out" on something. Within a week, the majority of voters in any election can become fully informed quite easily.
    Time to join the 21st Century, folks.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WhyNewYorkerscanbeprouderToday

    While others were inventing Internet driven internment camps since W2K and gun fashion shows of endless gun profits – New Yorkers reinvented sanity. Compared to civilized London and Paris, New York looks like a real city.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    my posts are again finding it difficult to find their way in. Somebody out there doesn't like them.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There was a presidential summit and the presidents of the world were asked to propose topics to discuss about.
    The president of the United States said, "I think we'd see about how to stop wars." Everybody applauded.
    The president of Somalia said, "I think we'd see about how to stop hunger." Everybody applauded.
    The president of Costa Rica stood up and said, "I think..." Everybody applauded.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A certain day Fidel was addressing Cuba in a speech, and he told them:
    -We have been said to be a country of misery and poverty. So, we have to let those yakees up north know that in Cuba nobody goes to sleep without eating!
    Then a cuban gets on his feet and says:
    -Hey, ma' broda', ya know I haven't had any food yet?
    And Fidel answered swiftly:
    -Then don't go to sleep...

    November 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Not me.
    Jacker troll.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Ah, I see that my post complaining about CNN's lack of integrity has been swiftly deleted.
    Clean up your boards, CNN.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @banasy, they are clueless about journalistic integrity. This probably won't post like the one I attempted to post on the PGA blog. The only one over there of mine that posted was my taking umbrage yet again.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      CNN blows!

      November 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Not me.
    Troll jacker.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    What is amazing is that CNN wonders why no one wants to watch their "news" shows or post on their "blogs", which are nothing more than a playground for one person to inflict his mean-spirited "wit" upon; this person has stated his purpose is to drive all other posters off CNN.
    CNN *must* be complicit in this.
    I see no other reason to let this sort of behavior to continue happening.
    If he is a paid poster, reign him in; he does nothing to forward CNN's name.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    dazzle does this mean you aren't a fan of Michael Moore.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    I survived Kenny Rogers. What the heck did banasy or I do to you to cause you to wish us bodily harm?You don't even know us.

    November 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Oh, I see that the child of the corn are still at play, dazzle.
    Pay no mind to the little idiot.
    It must truly suck to inhabit his mind; they don't have a diagnosis for trollism yet, other than borderline personality disorder with schizophrenic tendencies; no cure for this, other than self-annihilation.
    May it happen soon.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Oh, wow, jealous because dazzle has a friend that is actually living and breathing?
    Tsk, tsk.
    Did your blow up doll reject you, too?

    November 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well, I see things are just as I left them. How is it that these juvenile delinquents are able to continuously spew their vile comments with impunity, while we get deleted for trying to add to the conversation ?

    Hello banasy and dazzle.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Hey guys. How many personalities does he have do you think? I mean dang, they gotta argue alot and that could create one heck of a headache im thinkin! Lol

    November 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      I don't know how he keeps up with which personality is talking to who. Hell I have trouble keeping up with one personality.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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