When we last checked in on Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen, he had a mere 1,450-vote lead over Tea Party-backed challenger John Koster. Over the weekend, that lead grew to 3,841 votes and the Heraldnow says his winning is "all but certain." Should Larsen pull off the win, he'll be one more Democrat who's pulled ahead in late vote counting, further quarantining Washington from what's otherwise been a national GOP invasion.
After boasting high hopes of claiming multiple House seats and possibly flipping the State Legislature, Republicans in Washington now stand to only gain one House seat, by way of Jaime Herrera who beat Denny Heck in the 3rd Congressional District. And while many State Legislature races are still too-close-to-call, the party looks like it will only add a few new members to the body.
Besides Larsen, and of course Sen. Patty Murray, who looked headed toward a certain recount with Republican Dino Rossi, only to blast ahead and win on a huge King County voter turnout, there are a couple other Democrats who went against the "all Dems are doomed" narrative in tough races.
In the 1st State Legislative District, there's Luis Moscoso, who, after being behind Republican challenger Heidi Munson, pulled ahead by 638 votes over the weekend.
There's also Steve Hobbs of the 44th Legislative District who overcame a lead from Republican Dave Schmidt to go ahead by by 706 votes as of Sunday.
Republican State Rep. Mike Hope recently put the party's dissapointment into words in an interview with the Herald.
"I'm a little disappointed not to capitalize," said Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, who easily won re-election. "I thought we'd pick up the majority in one of the (Legislature's) chambers. If we can't get a majority now or if we can't win a statewide race in a year like this, when is it ever going to happen?"
So while Democrats and liberals can still find plenty of reason to drink themselves into mind-numbing oblivion over this year's election, in Washington that urge is at least made a tad less all-encompassing.