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Republicans flipped another Western gubernatorial seat in Wyoming, as Matt Mead easily defeated Democrat Leslie Petersen to replace retiring Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

Several key Western races remained up in the air. The Oregon governor’s race was too close to call Wednesday, with Democratic ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber trailing Republican Chris Dudley, a former NBA star, by 11,000 votes with 93 percent of the ballots counted.

The winner of the Alaska Senate race was “write-in,” which all but certainly means Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who launched a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary. The write-in contingent represented 41 percent of the vote, leading Republican Joe Miller, who received 34 percent, and Democrat Scott McAdams with 24 percent.

Alaska elections officials must now record every write-in vote, a process that is slated to begin Nov. 10. A winner is expected to be announced next week, according to the Associated Press.

And it may be another week before a winner in the Washington Senate race can be determined. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray led Republican Dino Rossi by 14,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, after 60 percent of the vote had been tallied Wednesday.

Washington elections are almost entirely conducted by mail, and ballots may be postmarked as late as Election Day, said Dave Ammons, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.

“The upshot is that about 40 percent of the expected vote is still out,” said Mr. Ammons. “It’s either in the courthouses or still in the mail. There’s quite a pileup in the county courthouses because many voters waited until the last minute to get their ballots in.”

An estimated 350,000 votes are still expected from King County, a Democratic stronghold, while there may be another 200,000 left to count in Spokane and Clark County, where Mr. Rossi held the advantage.

This could be a deja vu moment for Mr. Rossi: He led the 2004 Washington governor’s race before an automatic recount gave the win to Democrat Christine Gregoire. Her margin of victory - 133 votes.