Washington Senate: Murray Defeats Rossi

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. , walks in front of supporters at a downtown Seattle restaurant, after Republican challenger Dino Rossi had conceded earlier Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) “seized a fourth term Thursday, surviving voters’ backlash against Democrats nationally and weeks of relentless GOP campaign attacks on her voting and federal spending record,” the AP reports.

Murray’s victory over Republican Dino Rossi, after three days of tallying, preserves breathing room for the Senate’s shrunken Democratic majority. Republicans made inroads there Tuesday and took control of the House for the rest of President Barack Obama’s first term.

(credit image – daylife/associated press)

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