Now Dino Rossi can go back to being the business man he's always been and keep himself out of politics. The race was close and had all the makings for another 2004 elections mess, one of the closest elections in the history of the state making Christine Gregoire the winner by just 133 votes of the 2.8 million cast- this after two recounts and an unsuccessful Republican court challenge. But this time was different and Gregoire was the clear winner of the race. According to this pice from the AP:
"Gregoire declared victory Tuesday night after early returns had her ahead, but Rossi initially said he wanted to see later returns. He later conceded. Late Wednesday, with 64 percent of precincts reporting, Gregoire had 997,468 votes, or 54 percent, to Rossi's 864,360 votes, or 46 percent. Rossi acknowledged that while the results from the election probably will tighten, it won't be enough for him to win."It was long and dirty campaign fought by both sides and we're glad to see it's finally over.