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November 6, 2012 at 9:27 PM

State GOP urges hope, optimism amid initial returns

Even as President Barack Obama was being hailed the victor in his bid to return to the White House, Republicans gathered in Western Washington were urging each other not to lose hope.

At a GOP party at the Bellevue Hyatt, Rachel Kimmel, of Snohomish, said she wanted the charter school initiative to pass so badly she was willing to swallow her disappointment over the rest of the election.

Meanwhile, Kim Wyman, who was running neck and neck with her Democratic opponent to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed told supporters, “Don’t lose hope” – either for her race or for Rob McKenna’s attempts to defeat Democrat Jay Inslee for governor.

“We are going to do this,” she said. “We are going to take this state back. Have a little faith, keep praying.”

She said about 40 percent of the vote remains to¬† be counted and as those ballots came in over the next several days “they tend to be more conservative. I know the numbers aren’t there right now but we are headed in the right direction.”

State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur told the crowd at the part to stay optimistic — there are lots of votes left to be counted.

“We expected to be four or five percentage points down at this point,” he said of the governor’s race. “But I think we are going to see some new state-wide office holders in Olympia.

And Reagan Dunn, who was trailing in his race for attorney general behind Democrat Bob Ferguson, said, “We are definitely in this race right now. There are a lot of votes left to count, and I am very proud of the returns so far.”

His wife Paige was on stage with him. She is due to give birth this week, and is going to be named Jennifer, after his mother, the late member of Congress, Dunn said. But while the baby is sure to come, he doesn’t yet know what the outcome is going to be for his race.

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