Gov. race ranked as most competitive in the nation

For the third consecutive month, Politico has ranked the 2012 Washington gubernatorial race as the most competitive gubernatorial race in the country.

The PI‘s Chris Grygiel comments:

Between them, McKenna and Inslee are expected to raise more than $20 million. And that’s not counting the many millions more outside interest groups will pour into the Evergreen State race.

Many millions in out-of-state money pouring into the state? Huh.

Chris must be assuming that Sen. Cantwell will face some serious competition….


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    Michael spews:

    McKenna is attempting something many political analysts consider nearly impossible – winning the governor’s mansion as a Republican. The last person to do that was John Spellman, in 1980.

    As far as I’m concerned this is as much or more do to the weakness of the Republicans as it is the strength of the Democrats. There’s really only a handful of LD’s that Republican’s absolutely can’t win it. There’s an awful lot they don’t win it, because of nut jobs the Republicans choose to run, but most of the LD’s outside of the center of Seattle and the north end of Tacoma could be in play.

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    Michael spews:

    Spokane’s picked up some population and some cool urbanism in it core in the last decade, so the 3rd LD’s probably fairly safe as well.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Funny how Republicans always try to compete in Washington by trying to make their candidate look as much like a Democrat as possible.

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    Michael spews:

    Hell, if I sat down and wrote out a platform or agenda for what I wanted to see done in Washington State there isn’t a single thing that I couldn’t back up using conservative political philosophy and historical actions or liberal ones. ‘Course I’d have to skip back past most of what the rights’ done for the last twenty years.

    You can be a conservative, what you can’t be is lazy, feeling that you’re entitled to the office, or a far right crazy. Which, at the moment, sorta narrows the field a bit