Right now, Republican State Senator Dino Rossi is leading Democratic Attorney General Christine Gregoire by just 137 votes out of over 2.7 million votes cast. Last night, Rossi led by just 19 votes as the race has see-sawed between the two candidates. I think Rossi's going to eventually come out on top in this one, but first they're going to recount, by hand, every last single one of those 2.7 million ballots in this state, in accordance with Washington State law. Partisan Democrat that I am, I voted for Gregoire, but if she loses this one, I have no problem acknowledging that it's her own fault for running an utterly craptacular campaign. The state GOP took the right-wing Rossi, who won kudos in Olympia for crafting the 2003-05 state budget, and packaged him as a warm and fuzzy kind of guy, and Gregoire did absolutely nothing to counter that. In fact, she let Rossi attack her for being an insider and blamed her for the budget problems that Rossi was supposed to fix. Gregoire tried to run as Gary Locke with a sex change, and cleared the field for Rossi to run as the fresh face who's going to clean house. Even in liberal Seattle, that has its appeal, as Seattlites have happily been chucking incompetent politicans out of office the past few years, from the mayor to the city council to the school board. Rossi certainly won't have any coattails: Democrats now control both chambers of the state legislature. Should be interesting to see what happens in Olympia the next two to four years.