Murray and Larsen keep seats

Published on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Democratic Washington senator Patty Murray has secured a fourth term in the U.S. Senate by defeating former state senator Dino Rossi. Murray took the senatorial election with 51.4 percent of the vote to Rossi’s approximate 48.5.

This election makes a trifecta for Rossi, having lost the last three contests he has entered.

In an equally close match up, Democratic Washington representative Rick Larsen has kept his seat in the second congressional district after defeating Republican challenger John Koster.

In a reversal of last week’s early vote total, Larsen appears to have defeated Koster by about 5,400 votes as of Monday, November 8. Larsen has secured 50.9 percent of the vote so far while Koster has received about 49 percent.

Complete vote totals for King and Snohomish counties, two of six counties in the second congressional district, have yet to be tallied, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The state’s second congressional district appeared to have edged toward Larsen, but voters in Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo favored Koster by a relatively wide margin. In the precincts that make up the three communities, Koster pulled in 53.8 percent of the vote with 3,087 votes and Larsen took 46.1 percent with 2,643 votes.

Also, Republican Vincent Buys appears to have secured his victory over incumbent state representative Kelli Linville. Buys has secured 50.4 percent of the vote with 29,439 votes to win the 42nd legislative district’s second seat.

Linville lost the seat with 49.5 percent and 28,909 votes to Buys, who will join Republicans Doug Ericksen and Jason Overstreet in representing the 42nd district.

The Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2 tax levy appears to have failed with 56.4 percent approval. The levy needed a supermajority of 60 percent or more to pass. The district encompasses the same area as the Blaine school district with the exception of Point Roberts.