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UPDATE: McKenna Narrows Gap; Legal Pot, Gay Marriage Keep Leads; Charter Schools a Tossup

With the most recent wave of counted ballots Attorney General Rob McKenna slightly closed the gap to former Rep. Jay Inslee but remains 2 percentage points behind.

Thursday's ballot count brought some good news to Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, who trails Democrat and former Rep. Jay Inslee in the Washington governor's race. 

McKenna, with 48.87 percent of the vote to Inslee's 51.13percent, picked up 0.2 percent in King County on Thursday, according to ballot figures released by the county.

This, said McKenna's campaign manager Charles McCray III, validates the campaign's own data, which showed late voters favored McKenna.

"We expect the gap will continue to close," McCray III said. He added that he does not expect a final result for days given the number of votes still to be counted. State estimates put that number at potentially more than 700,000 uncounted ballots.

The marijuana legalization measure, I-502, held steady with a likely insurmountable 10-point lead at 55.44 in favor to 45.46 against. The Washington State Liquor Board already has announced plans to help implement the new law.

The effort to legalize gay marriage, R-74, also remained steady at 52.4 percent in favor to 47.6 against. The consistency of the gap prompted the measure's opponents to concede the race. King County announced plans to extend business hours and begin to issue same-sex marriage licenses Dec. 6. 

The charter schools measure, I-1240, remained too close to call with 51 percent in favor and 49 percent against. 

Look here for more updates late Thursday and Friday. 

Bob McCoy November 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Hello Edward. Let's hope that there's 'exactly' 699,999 votes or 700,001 votes remaining. Otherwise, we have the potential of each candidate receiving exactly half of the votes. With an odd number of ballots, we can be sure that one candidate will have the mandate of a one-vote victory. Of course, with an even number of ballots counted (a sop to those who believe chicanery rules our voting process in WA), a winner is assured at least a two-vote mandate.
Ken November 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Perhaps whomever becomes the governor will straighten out the voting/tallying system here in Washington. Again WA is last in the nation to complete the tally.
C. de Obvious November 09, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Best line when karl rove was going over numbers, Megyn asked, "Is this some kind of Republican math you do to make yourself feel better?"
bigyaz November 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Every time the Republicans lose they talk about voter fraud. It's like blaming the referees whenever your team loses. It's immature, intellectually weak and disrespectful to those who happen to disagree with you. Why don't you focus on finding better candidates (Mitt Romney? John McCain?) and be more inclusive, rather than just trying to appeal to angry old white men?
Jason F. December 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree John!

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