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Update: McKenna Concedes Washington Governor’s Race to Inslee

New vote totals were too much to overcome Inslee's lead, his campaign manager says.

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna conceded the race for governor Friday, with his campaign manager saying the new vote totals made it clear he couldn’t overcome Democratic former congressman Jay Inslee’s lead, according to media reports.

New vote totals released Friday evening kept Inslee ahead of McKenna, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.

The Associated Press reported that McKenna called Inslee on Friday night to congratulate him.

At a news conference his his campaign headquarters, Inslee said McKenna was gracious in defeat.

"I know he and his supporters worked extremely hard. We had a good discussion about the issues and now it's time for all of us to unite across the state of Washington to build a working Washington," Inslee said, according to the Seattle Times.

Washington State Democrats Chair Dwight Pelz said he was thrilled the issue was settled and that Inslee could move forward with his transition into the governor's office. 

"There is much work to do, but Jay Inslee is the right leader for Washington," Pelz said in a statement.

"Rob McKenna ran a great campaign, and proved to be a very strong candidate in yet another tough contest. But we've always thought Jay had the best vision for our state." 

Inslee had held a slight lead since Tuesday. McKenna's concession came just a day after his campaign manager, Randy Pepple, posted a video explaining why he thought McKenna would be able to overcome Inslee's lead.

Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I second Kendall's comment, and encourage you to flag comments you find offensive. There are a lot of terms used in more than one way, but if you feel any particular word is being inappropriately employed, you have recourse through the community self-policing function here.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 08:27 PM
If anyone had used the term you post here as a paraphrase, it would likely be deleted. I didn't see that phrase used, and since your apparent goal here is to make a point, I'm letting it stand, but what poster said that phrase? I didn't see it. Frankly, if you are speaking in support of the Tea Party, I'd say you're doing them a disservice by using such language yourself.
Local Guy November 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am speaking in favor of constructive, community driven dialogue. Acceptance of the term teabaggers and teabagging deflects mightily amongst those with understanding of it's true meaning and intent. It shuts down the conversation amongst the intelligent, yet fans the flames of the ignorant. You infer my paraphrase is inflammatory, yet I and others have the same visceral reaction to simply the term when used in conjunction with politics. It's a hairy slope, rife with explosive potential. I am fine with cleaning up the mess...
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Local Guy, I know, given your distaste for the potentially pejorative use of the word, that you did not mean to refer to Kendall Watson as a "teabagger."
Don November 15, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Jeanne, HUH? I've seen the term Teabagger used CONSTANTLY in comments made on this liberal rag and in a very negative manner. I'm guessing you've missed a few dozen posts.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I never saw any comment in this article using the phrasing you chose, Local Guy, which to me says either you're goal is to inflame, or the community flagged and thereby removed the offending comment. Either way, reinforcing that usage doesn't equate to productive dialogue on this post, in my opinion. There's not one single comment here so far from you about the content of the article you are supposedly responding to. That would be constructive, community-driven dialogue.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The phrase Local Guy used is more explicit than that term, Don; feel free to email me at jeanne.gustafson@patch.com for more info, because I'm not going to repeat it here. As for "teabagger", see the comments from Kendall and myself above about how it began and how its usage is still debated by members of the Tea Party themselves.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I don't think you can have it both ways, Local Guy. Demand others not be permitted to use the term, and then use it yourself to describe Tea Party members? If that's your case, I think you've debunked your original, off-topic point here.
Don November 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Whatever, FLAT OUT, you should tell people NOT to use it.
Local Guy November 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
My offending comments were deleted, which by the way was simply a cut and past of the urban dictionary definition of the term being bandied about. Original Poster's offending comment remains at the top of these reader comments. Urban Dictionary definition gets deleted, Dane Ferrell remains...
Don November 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Exactly!! Why have you left Dane's rude and caustic one liner to remain????????
Cosmo November 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
"Don 6:04 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Nice post Paulie. Did mommy drop you on your head as a baby?" "Don 12:57 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012 Renate, Why are we bitter? Because the damn Democrats..." (entire posting) From looking at your postings you are quite a little stone thrower, aren't you Don? You scream about an "offensive term" while you are slamming out offensive postings. Wait, I forgot, with republicans it's not "what's fair for all" it's "what's fair for ME!" Thank you for the good example.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Again, Don, you are invited to email me if you'd like to know the specifics of what was deleted.
Local Guy November 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The deleted comment was an Urban Dictionary definition of teabagger. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=teabagger
Don November 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Huh? I"m not talking about anything that was deleted. I am talking about the first comment on this blog, Dane Ferrell 6:35 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012 I am so glad Inslee won,I don't want some tea bagger right winger for our gov. Are we clear? This has NOTHING to do with anything that was deleted.
Don November 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Cosmos, I removed my offending comments. You're far from perfect dude. I've seen bile flow from your posts.
Local Guy November 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I never accused Kendall of being a Teabagger. Are you obfuscating intentionally? I asked Kendall whether he was sympathetic to Teabaggers, He acknowledged that he was. Why do you distort?
Don November 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Jeanne, Huh? I"m not talking about anything that was deleted. I am talking about the first comment on this blog, Dane Ferrell 6:35 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012 I am so glad Inslee won,I don't want some tea bagger right winger for our gov. Are we clear? This has NOTHING to do with anything that was deleted.
Jeanne Gustafson November 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hi Don, I was referring to Local Guy's deleted comments, which actually went a little beyond the Urban Dictionary definition link he posted above, and which I would not be comfortable repeating. Please do flag comments you find offensive. Whether the term "tea bagger" is offensive is up for debate, even among Tea Party members, per Kendall Watson's comment: http://washingtonindependent.com/31868/scenes-from-the-new-american-tea-party
Don November 16, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Jeanne, Seriously? This doesn't need to be put up for debate. How many people have clicked it as inappropriate? You really don't find it offensive? Really? Dane Ferrell 6:35 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012 I am so glad Inslee won,I don't want some tea bagger right winger for our gov. This is rude and vindictive comment. REMOVE IT NOW.
Don November 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Also, I don't give a hoot about Kendall Watson's link. I'm referring to comments in THIS BLOG.
Bob McCoy November 16, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Don, take it offline as requested, please. Local Guy, OP refers to Original Poster, not to the first to comment. OP in this case is the Patch Staff. Both (Don & Local Guy), please write your own blogs. If you cannot figure out how to, your local Patch editor will happily explain the process to get your blogging platform on Patch. Then Patch will reflect opinions exactly like yours. Then your original ideas can earn their keep in the market of ideas, you needn't wait for someone to initiate a topic you want to discuss, or hijack a thread. Write a blog on Patch about Patch's refusal to fairly moderate comments; about its insistence that it is a private company and can pick and choose at whim; how it's backed by a huge corporation, which is really a person--whatever you want. Test your assumptions. Pretty soon, Patch could be whatever you make it. For all of AG McKenna's talents, I feared that he would not push environmental issues, as those issues seem alien to the new Republican Party. With Inslee in the executive's chair, I believe that issues important to me stand a better chance.
dexterjibs November 16, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Don you and I are on the same page. Unfortuntely, we live in a State where the "fix is in". The media will never be on our side, to include The Patch. Like it says in the Book of Revelations, in the end times, good will be called evil and evil will be called good. All these so called open minded liberals that are attacking you are on the side of evil. Keep up the good fight, Don, but God has determined what is going ot happen to this world and country and born again Christians will be called to heaven while the evil will be left on earth to suffer the fate they deserve.
dexterjibs November 16, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Geez Dane, what a brilliant statement to start this thread. It really shows the depth of your intellectual capacity. Sen Patty Murray has been voted the dimmest bulb in Washington DC. i think Dane Ferrell is the front runner for the dimmest bulb in the State of Washington. You are so brilliant. Dane, look at you silly monkey.
dexterjibs November 16, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Read between the lines of Suzannes comments- "Thank goodness the King COunty Elections Dept, in conjunction with the Democrat Party, manufactured so many illegal votes, that Rob McKenna had no choice but to concede."
Edward A. November 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Oh joy. Another premillennial dispensationalist who assumes he is one of the elect, and doesn't even know the actual name of the Book of Revelation. This sort of nonsense is the ultimate passive aggression ("Jesus is coming home soon, and you are in big trouble!"). I am fairly certain the real Jesus Christ wouldn't consider you one of his followers (and if you ever stopped to think about it, you'd probably reach the same conclusion), but He would certainly forgive you, and I do too.
Don November 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Edward, you're funny. Your comment if nothing is passive aggressive. I like he forgiveness at the end which is showing pity more than actual forgiveness, quite a sharp little jab, bravo...oops..was I just PA? :D
Edward A. November 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thanks for noticing my intentional passive aggression -- I worried it wouldn't get noticed! The jab was intentional, too, but I wasn't trying to be funny. I think looking forward to the rapture as some sort of salvation and payback is dangerous lunacy, and I am always amazed at how little its devotees actually know about the Book of Revelation, and the nutty dispensationalist interpretation invented by Darby in the 1800s.
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
DEMOCRATS ATTEMPT TO BREAK PROMISES MADE BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK PROMISES MADE TO ENTICE ANNEXATION BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!

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