Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Close Enough?

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Democrat Christine Gregoire will defeat Republican Dino Rossi by eight votes in the governor’s race recount when King County reports results today, state Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt said last night.

“We are absolutely confident that she is going to be the next governor of the state of Washington,” Berendt said.

Both parties have been provided with daily tallies of the county’s manual recount. Berendt said those updates and results from the county canvassing board’s review of unclear ballots provided the data he needed to call the race.

King County elections officials said Berendt’s victory claim was premature and that the data the parties are seeing hasn’t been reconciled.

“I’m not going to call the election tonight,” said King County Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan.

Mary Lane, a spokeswoman for Rossi, said, “All we know is it’s close, and we’re still crunching numbers.”

King County will be the last of Washington’s 39 counties to report results in the hand recount of 2.8 million votes.

Well, it’s close enough for government work.