According to news reports, a former girlfriend claimed Wu tried to rape her in 1976 when he was in college. The congressman said he regretted his behavior but noted he was never charged with a crime. In Tuesday's voting, he beat Republican Goli Ameri, an Iranian-born woman who founded a telecommunications market research firm. She got 38 percent of the vote to Wu's 58.
Kerry beat Bush by 52 percent to 46 percent here, in a win that presaged other important Democratic victories in Washington. Nader took less than 1 percent.
The race for the governorship was essentially tied, with Republican former state senator Dino Rossi fewer than a thousand votes ahead of Democratic state Attorney General Christine O. Gregoire. Only 70 percent of about 2.8 million votes cast had been counted as of late yesterday, however. Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots were outstanding and unlikely to be counted until the end of the week. In addition, tens of thousands of provisional ballots may not be counted for up to two weeks .
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray handily turned back a challenge from Republican Rep. George R. Nethercutt, beating him 55 percent to 43 percent. Nethercutt came to prominence in 1994 when he defeated U.S. House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D), the first overthrow of a sitting speaker since 1860.
In Seattle's Battle of the Daves, Republican county sheriff Dave Reichert beat radio talk show host and Democrat Dave Ross, 52 percent to 47 percent. The race was expected to be much closer.
Cathy McMorris, a Republican state representative, beat businessman and Democrat Don Barbieri 60 percent to 40 percent for the Spokane area seat Nethercutt vacated to run for the Senate.
A state thought to be in reach of Bush in the waning weeks of the campaign, Hawaii offered no surprises this year.
Kerry carried the Pacific island chain with 54 percent of the vote to Bush's 45. Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Inouye won an eighth term with 76 percent of the vote over Republican former state representative Cam Cavasso. The state's two congressmen, both Democrats, Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case, each won with 63 percent of the votes in their districts.