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Topic - Dino Rossi
Ordinarily, when prosecutors decide that no law was broken, that ends the story. However, Washington, like many other states, has a "citizen's suit" provision in its campaign-finance laws.
Battered Democrats claimed a couple of consolation prizes Thursday from the midterm elections, as their candidates hung on for cliffhanger wins in Illinois and Washington state while nearly a dozen other races were still to be decided.
Patty Murray was stuck. Down in the polls for months and facing a well-known Republican challenger, the three-term Democrat was finding a difficult market for her hard-working-senator sales pitch.
The Obama administration's decision to bypass Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository should give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a boost in his bid for a fifth term. The action is not doing another endangered Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, any favors.
Clint Didier, a "tea party" candidate who lost in Washington state's GOP primary for Senate, said Friday that he won't endorse winner Dino Rossi until Mr. Rossi vows to support three issues important to voters.
With the 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.
Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and her Republican challenger dove right into their fall matchup after winning the primary in a high-stakes election that could determine the balance of power in the nation's capital.
Tuesday's Senate primary election in Washington state has become more like a warm-up bout for the top Democratic and Republican candidates, who have already penciled in a rematch in the November main event.
Delivering dollars for Washington state is a point of pride for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, whose efforts have helped her comfortably win re-election twice. Republicans insist that this November, it will be her downfall.
Republican candidate Dino Rossi now leads incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, in the Senate race in Washington, according to a poll released Monday by the University of Washington.
"The idea of dragging home pork is an old-school measurement of a senator," said Republican Dino Rossi, one of Mrs. Murray's rivals and the one pundits now see as the most likely to emerge from the state's unusual "top two" primary system Aug. 17. "And right now, with Republicans and Democrats alike doing that, it's bankrupting America. There's nothing in the Constitution that says the job of a senator is bringing home pork."
Mr. Rossi pulled ahead 42 percent to 39 percent in the final week of the May poll - the same week he announced his much-expected candidacy.