Patty Murray won her primary last night. So it should be smooth sailing in November's general election for the three-term Senator, right? Eh, maybe not. Although it's always been assumed that Murray -- an incumbent in a year of anti-cumbency and a bringing-home-the-bacon pol in a year when everyone seems to be allergic to pork -- would have a fight on her hands with Republican opponent Dino Rossi, last night's results suggest she might just get her tennis shoes scuffed.
On Monday, one of the non-partisan shamans at D.C.'s Cook Political Report told PubliCola what it would take for Murray to feel comfortable heading into the fall.
"50 percent or above is a win; 45 percent to 50 percent is a gray area, and anything less is trouble."
Murray's share of the votes on Tuesday (which are, of course, still being counted): 45-percent. Straddling the line between "gray area" and "trouble," and setting the stage for what Joel Connelly calls the "closest Senate race in a decade."