June 06, 2005

GOP fails to kick out Washington governor.

A Republican attempt to overturn the results of November's gubernatorial election in Washington state has failed, as a Chelan County judge ruled that the GOP failed to show that voting problems in King County and elsewhere provided Democrat Christine Gregoire with her narrow win. Gregoire won the governorship by 129 votes after two recounts.

[Chelan County Superior Court Judge John] Bridges said there was evidence that 1,678 illegal votes were cast in the 2004 election, including 1,391 votes by felons. However Bridges said there was no evidence that Gregoire benefitted from the illegal votes.

Bridges said there was also no evidence of misconduct by election workers or that the probems with the election were the result of "partisan bias."

The judge said the Republican lawsuit failed to meet the high standard necessary for the courts to intervene in an election.

"When the people have spoken, their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts," Bridges said.

Republicans will almost certainly appeal today's decision to the Washington Supreme Court.

Via Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Posted by Magpie at June 6, 2005 11:09 AM | WA Politics | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

My guess is that the Republicans will appeal for the same reasons that they filed the lawsuit in the first place: 1) Why the hell not? and 2) As long as the case is pending, they can say whatever they want, it will get press/media coverage and it will damage Gregoire.

Posted by: James E. Powell at June 6, 2005 02:03 PM

I imagine they'll appeal for the same reason their opponents would appeal if they were in the same position. In a race this close, with results this rare, it's an expected process. It's unfortunate to have the Governor's office being led by a candidate--no matter side got in--that doesn't have a clear and decisive victory to stand on. It's not impossible to lead under such conditions, but it's not an enviable place to be.

Posted by: michael at June 6, 2005 04:53 PM

The P-I's editorial page poll is being freeped.


Posted by: PhilK at June 6, 2005 07:51 PM

I think appealing after so robust a thrashing at the trial court level had some serious political risks for Rossi--which is why he decided not to appeal.

Posted by: torridjoe at June 6, 2005 10:39 PM

Goldy at http://www.horsesass.org/ has been covering this in-depth the whole time.

Unfortunately Governor Gregoire isn't the most Progressive Democrat in the pack. Which is why she didn't receive a lot of the support of progressives in Seattle (which is funny that the case centered on King County -- basically Seattle -- "voting irregularities", because she wasn't supported by the wacko leftist fringe that the Republicans love so much to blame for every wrong in the world).

But maybe she'll claim a "mandate" and drive through a criminally insane leftist agenda.

No, I don't know what that means either. I was just trying to draw some kind of parallel that would be something even I wouldn't want, but coming from "my side". I'll stop with the allegory.

I'm just so glad Dino Rossi *isn't* our governor. Once again, I don't think the Democrats will save me, but I know the Republicans will kill me.



Posted by: Hanna at June 7, 2005 08:03 PM