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WA Gov: National view

What looks like a core national view on the Washington governor’s race, this from Lou Jacobson at Stateline.org (via e-mail, so no link). He lists the race among three deemed “vulnerable,” explaining thus:

“The big development in Washington state is that Republican Dino Rossi, after a long period of indecision, is now officially challenging Gov. Christine Gregoire (D), who beat him after two recounts by 133 votes in 2004. Rossi has come out of the gate quickly, raising well over $1 million in the weeks following his announcement. That’s still several million short of Gregoire’s cash account, but Rossi will be able to add to his haul early in 2008, whereas Gregoire will be barred from fundraising when the legislature is in session. Rossi’s message has been to blast cumbersome state government — using Gregoire, a career government official, as exhibit A — and 23 consecutive years of Democratic governors.”

For the moment, we’d add only that money is unlikely to be the decisive factor here: Both candidates are likely to have enough to put on a solid campaign.

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