With the U.S. Senate race in Washington state officially a two-person contest, Republican Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray are looking to woo supporters of the losing candidates from Tuesday’s primary who appear key to winning the general election in November.
Mrs. Murray, a three-term incumbent, received 46 percent of the vote Tuesday with Mr. Rossi garnering 34 percent - numbers that matched most predictions in a primary that advances the top two vote-getters regardless of political party.
Mrs. Murray, 59, faces the obstacle of a Democratic incumbent trying to win the independent vote, which this election cycle appears to be with the GOP. Meanwhile Mr. Rossi, 50, faces his own challenge in being a candidate hand-picked by Washington Republicans.
On Wednesday he told supporters: “Votes aren’t just an automatic ‘gimme’ because of the letter next to a candidate’s name. … You need to see some fire in the belly and some real conviction to get your votes.”
In addition, Keli Carender, a Washington state resident credited with helping start the tea party movement said she will endorse Mr. Rossi.
Within hours of the unofficial primary results, Republicans already were saying that Mrs. Murray receiving less than 50 percent of the vote was a sure sign her years in Congress were coming to a close.
“That an 18-year incumbent from a blue state who serves as a member of Senate leadership is struggling to get above 50 percent in an open primary speaks volumes,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “After nearly two decades in D.C., the former ‘mom in tennis shoes’ has completely lost touch with her state’s families, seniors, and small business owners who are struggling to make ends meet.”
The GOP has targeted Mrs. Murray’s support for the Obama administration’s health care overhaul, multibillion-dollar stimulus and bailout plans and what they say is her failure to initiate and pass significant legislation.View Entire Story
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