Consider the numbers. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Senate re-elect campaign for Democrat Patty Murray raised $17.1 million, and the campaign for her Republican challenger Dino Rossi $9.6 million. Ad that doesn't count the piles of third-party money poured into the contest.
By money measures at least, the Murray-Rossi contest, widely considered at least close for several months of its run, was the largest-scale political contest so far in Northwest history. In our view, Murray probably - realistically - held a consistent if modest lead. But it was hitly contested, and Rossi demonstrated that his support around the state remained large and real, even after two losses in gubernatorial races.
It may have put an end, for a while anyway, to Rossi's run of runs. And it raised the question of what, exactly, Washington Republicans would have to do to win a statewide race - even on an election day when the party made some major gains in the legislature and picked up a U.S. House seat.