Over the last few days, Iíve heard several people predict that Washingtonís 2012 gubernatorial race would likely be as tight as the 2004 contest between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi, which dragged on for weeks as ballots were counted and recounted. It doesnít look like that will be the case; Jay Inslee has a lead of 50,209 votes as of this morning, and we think his lead is only going to grow larger.
But there is another statewide race thatís very close.
Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman are each vying to succeed Sam Reed as Secretary of State (the stateís chief elections officer) and they each have roughly half of the vote as of this morning. Wyman took the lead midway through the evening last night and hasnít relinquished it, but she doesnít have much of an edge: Drew is only 14,243 votes behind her.
We project that within the next couple of days, Drew will catch up with Wyman and then go on to reclaim the lead.