Dino Rossi, former Issaquah legislator, concedes Senate race
November 4, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 2010
Republican Dino Rossi, a Sammamish resident and former Issaquah legislator, has conceded a hard-fought U.S. Senate race to the incumbent, Democrat Patty Murray.
“This evening, I called Sen. Murray to offer my congratulations on her re-election to the U.S. Senate,” Rossi said in a statement released Thursday. “I ran for the Senate because I believe we need a basic course correction from where Washington, D.C., has been taking us and to make sure this country is as free, as strong and as prosperous in the future as it has been in the past to preserve the best of America for future generations. That was a message that found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough.”
Murray led Rossi by about 46,000 votes statewide Thursday night. Only about 14,000 votes separated the candidates on Election Day, and the gap continued to widen.
Rossi campaigned as a fiscal conservative, and used the years he spent as a budget architect in Olympia as a touchstone of his U.S. Senate campaign.
“The lesson I leave you with is one we learned as kids: we’re all in this together,” Rossi said in the statement. “If Washington, D.C., doesn’t act to help the economy grow and solve this massive spending and debt, it’s going to hurt us all. It won’t distinguish by political party.”
In a July interview, Rossi said he planned to spend more time with his family if he fell short in the U.S. Senate race.
The loss marks the third time Rossi has faltered in a statewide race for office. The former state senator lost the Governor’s Mansion to then-state Attorney General Chris Gregoire by 133 votes in 2004, and then again in a 2008 rematch.
“Let me close with one more heartfelt thank you to the people of our state,” Rossi said in the statement. “Thank you for letting me have an honest, straightforward discussion with you about our future.”