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Democrat Jay Inslee wins Washington governor’s race

Democrat Jay Inslee wins Washington governor’s race

Former congressman Jay Inslee (D) was declared the winner of the Washington state governor's race on Friday night, handing Democrats their third win in the three most competitive gubernatorial races in 2012.

Inslee led state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting. AP has called the race in Inslee's favor.

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Newt Gingrich’s risky Super Tuesday strategy

Newt Gingrich is handing Rick Santorum a golden opportunity to prove himself as the true anti-Romney conservative before Super Tuesday.

So far, the former House speaker’s campaign has shown little inclination to play in the three states that will hold their contests before March 6, a risky strategy that could pretty easily backfire.

That may be changing — Gingrich has hired some staff in Washington and is now pledging to visit Michigan — but his campaign is a little late to the game, which could play into Santorum’s hands.

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New Washington map creates competitive district

New Washington map creates competitive district

Members of Washington state’s bipartisan redistricting commission released a compromise map Wednesday that is expected to be pretty close to the (if not the) final version of the state’s new congressional districts.

The map creates a competitive district running from the Seattle suburbs in King County all the way up to the Canadian border, bringing in fast-growing Snohomish County. With the state gaining one seat, the commissioners agreed to give both sides a fair shot at winning the new district, which leans slightly Democratic, according to an early review of the map.

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