State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur looked at the returns on gay marriage and pot legalization and said he believed Washington was more libertarian than either left or right leaning.
He remained optimistic that McKenna could win. “If I got a governor, that’s not bad.
“We have always been a socially liberal state. It’s tough for Republicans in this state, but it has been tough for a long time. Rob is the most qualified candidate for governor we have had in a long time. There is something so negative, people just won’t vote for Republicans even with qualified candidates.”
Wilbur noted that the incipient recovery of the economy also didn’t help a candidate trying to win on an economic message.