The highly contested race in Washington’s 8th Congressional district promises to be every bit the nail biter that pundits have predicted.
The early returns indicate that turnout in WA-08 may reach record highs - turnout was only about 46% in 2002. Nearly 85% of ballots are expected to be cast by mail. King County will likely process more than 125,000 absentee ballots in the coming days.
Darcy Burner, the Democratic challenger to Congressman Dave Reichert, turned the race into one of the most competitive in the nation and returns show that Burner also succeeded in making it the closest race in the history of the 8th district. The most recent returns indicate that Reichert’s lead was fewer than 3,000 votes.
"This race is far from decided. Both our field numbers and poll numbers told us that this race will likely be decided by a couple thousand voters," commented Zach Silk, Burner’s campaign manager. "We’re feeling cautiously optimistic, but with so many ballots left to be counted, we likely won’t know definitively who wins this race for some time."
Thank you for everything you have done. You’ve been part of history in Washington’s 8th Congressional District - more supporters, more volunteers and more votes than any Democrat ever. Thank you!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
"Too close to call"
Darcy Burner for Congress: