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August 7, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Inslee spokesman says GOP should be worried; McKenna says he’s not

Staffers for Jay Inslee have mostly avoided gloating about the early returns tonight — although the candidate did joyfully bang on a large drum for about 10 seconds — but a campaign spokesman said the early results in King County should be “concerning” to Republicans.

“That King County number has to be concerning to Republicans,” said Sterling Clifford, the campaign’s communications director.

Clifford said it’s too soon to draw many conclusions.

Early return, he said, indicate that “it’s going to be a hard fight,” Clifford said.

He added the campaign has no plans to change its strategy now that the primary is over.

“We’ve been running a general election campaign since the campaign started,” he said.

But Inslee’s opponent in the race to replace Gov. Christine Gregoire said he was not worried about his low numbers in King County — even though he polled much better the last time around in King County.

“I was running as an incumbent the last time, and there is just no comparison,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “There is a big difference between running as an incumbent, and running for a seat in an open office. I am feel very comfortable with where we are.”
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