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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good night dazzle. Hope you enjoy your dinner.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Yeah, they delted my comment about his blue test tickles also.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    And what about the tool thats stuck on this ? ? ? ? ? ? All night? Ya gonna leave those posts?

    November 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Yep but they leave the ones from the hijacker, go figure! No rhyme, no reason i guess!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    We used to have a lot of fun on thes blogs. But I guess CNN prefers letting the foul mouths taking over. Makes me wonder if CNN personnel are the guilty parties here. But I've never been one to be bullied, so if they want me off this site, they are going to have to ban me. Hit me with your best shot buster,

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

    This guy has GWB eyes.
    Scary.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    Ewww GWB really? YUK! And bobcat i was thinkin that same thing, honest! Either a very unhappy employee or the new owner, wantin a tax write off!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chrissy

    Who is Jeffrey Toobin?

    November 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Okay, I guess they decided to censor me again.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    trying again

    November 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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