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November 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Democrats confident about Inslee’s chances

Democrats at an Election Night party at The Westin Seattle expressed confidence late tonight that former Congressman Jay Inslee will be elected governor.

In his speech after the networks called the presidential race for Barack Obama, state party chairman Dwight Pelz quickly turned the focus to Inslee.

“We’ve got a very important race here in Washington state,” said Pelz, before repeating a line that would get repeated many times over the next hour: “Rob McKenna has 36 percent here in King County. That’s not a good result for him.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine also cited the “hundreds of thousands” of King County ballots still to come as an indication Inslee will win.

“I frankly think that Jay’s lead is going to hold and he will be our next governor,” said Constantine, predicting that a recount won’t be necessary.

After the networks called the race for Obama, the large screen televisions in the Westin’s grand ballroom were tuned to the Washington Secretary of State’s website, which displayed results from the governor’s race. Loud cheers went up every time the results were updated.

“We’re feeling very confident,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith. “Jay Inslee is going to be our next governor.”

Inslee is scheduled to speak at The Westin at 10:30 p.m.

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