In what our political expert, Chris Vance, and others say will be a crucial night of vote counting, Sen. Patty Murray received a noticeable boost during the late afternoon and early evening. Her fellow Democrat, Congressman Rick Larsen, jumped ahead of his opponent, John Koster.
At least one big county, Pierce, may still add a new batch of ballot results, around 8 p.m. (Wednesday, Nov. 3). But the Secretary of State's web site shows that King, Spokane, and Snohomish counties have all completed their new counts for the day, with Murray having received enough help to put her about 1.7 percentage points ahead of Rossi.
When the day began, her lead stood at only about 1 point, with a 14,000 vote margin. As of about 7:30 p.m., the margin had widened to some 27,000 votes out of more than 1.5 million counted.
Larsen had ended Tuesday night's counting behind Koster, but moved nearly 400 votes ahead in the late afternoon. His margin was about one-quarter of 1 percentage point.