|Senator Patty Murray Celebrates with Excited Supporters|
and is joined on stage by Senator Cantwell, and Governor Gregoire
She was introduced by Governor Gregoire, Senator Cantwell, and a young 11yr old boy, Marcellus Owens, who'd lost his mother due to lack of health care, and went to Washington DC to meet the president.
Senator Murray thanked everyone, and talked about the many ordinary people, whose stories became the themes of her campaign, such as Marcellus Owens'.
Washington State became the firewall against tonite's rout in an election that saw the House taken back by Republicans, but the Senate stayed in Democrats' control. The Republicans won a net 6 seats, but the Democrats held control of the Senate with Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada winning against Sharon Angle.
Senator Murray is leading Dino Rossi by approximately (correction above) 62% (in King County) and a much smaller percentage statewide. King County voters had a huge turnout, with many lining up for hours at polling places, drop boxes, and post offices. Some Ballot Drop Boxes were stuffed to over-flowing and voters were told to go to the post office.
This election was hard fought by both parties, with millions spent and a barrage of TV and print ads.