Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna closed the margin with Democrat Jay Inslee a bit on Friday as counties continued to report updated ballot totals. But with fewer ballots left to be counted statewide, the likelihood of McKenna gaining the 42,000 or so votes needed to overtake his Democratic opponent continues to wane.
McKenna’s campaign points to polls showing that late-deciding voters sided more heavily with him. After the election night vote tallies were announced, McKenna trailed Inslee by 50,209 votes. Late Wednesday, Inslee’s lead grew to 53,860 votes, and to 54,322 by late Thursday.
As of late Friday afternoon, that lead was down to around 42,000 votes, showing that there were indeed a great many of McKenna votes left to be counted.
But the Inslee campaign says its own analysis of the remaining pool of ballots to be counted gives Inslee a 95 percent chance of winning. And the gains McKenna made on Friday could be erased when King County reports its own count later in the evening.