Now that the Patty Murray-Dino Rossi escapade has come to a rather labored and melodramatic end, where can Washingtonians get their fix of too-close-to-call election results? Look no further than the 2nd Congressional District, where incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen is clutching the tiniest of leads over Republican Snohomish County Councilman John Koster. This one could still go either way; and, if it gets any closer, will head toward an automatic recount.
As of this morning, Larsen's lead stands at 1,451 votes. Anything under a 2,000 vote and one-half percentage-point separation will guarantee a recount. The lead is under 2,000 votes, but percentage-wise, it's slightly over the threshold, with Larsen at 50.33 percent, Koster at 49.67 percent.
Of course, either candidate could order a recount, provided they can pay for the process themselves.
Koster's campaign manager Larry Stickney says that basically he doesn't trust anyone involved with this vote-counting business, and has a squad of lawyers on the payroll watching every ballott come in.
"Though John Koster remains in a position to win, we are keenly aware that there are those who will do everything they can to keep this seat out of the hands of the new House majority. Therefore, we have a team of observers on the ground at county courthouses throughout the 2nd Congressional District. We are working with attorneys and election experts at the state and federal levels in anticipation of a possible recount scenario."
Larsen, being up for the time being, seems less accusatory, saying simply: "This trend is running in my favor and running against John Koster ... I remain optimistic that when every vote is counted, I will stay on top."