OLYMPIA - The see-saw election results for Washington governor tipped slightly in favor of Democrat Christine Gregoire Monday, the fourth time the lead has changed since election day two weeks ago.
With still about 21,000 ballots remaining to be counted statewide, Gregoire led Republican Dino Rossi by 158 votes, or 1,360,871 to 1,360,713, a difference of about one-hundredth of 1 percent.
County election officials have until Wednesday to finish up and officially certify their results. But a recount is all but certain, required by state law when the results are closer than half of 1 percent and less than 2,000 votes.
As it now stands, Pacific County is one of only seven of the Washington's 39 counties to opt for Gregoire, the state attorney general who has often attended the famous Democratic Crab Feed in South Bend. She won here, 51 percent to 46 percent, with about 3 percent voting for Libertarian Ruth Bennett.
She is carrying King County, which includes Seattle, with 60 percent of the votes. Absent this strong support in the state's largest metropolitan area, Rossi would certainly have been declared the victor.