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Washington State: Gregoire wins

The News Tribune reports: A Wenatchee judge today rejected the GOP's legal challenge to Gov. Christine Gregoire's election.

While Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges agreed that the number of "illegal and improper" votes far exceeded Gregoire's 129-vote victory over Republican Dino Rossi, he said that alone was not enough to overturn the election under the law.

Rossi and the Republican Party had to show that those illegal votes went specifically to Gregoire, Bridges said.

Based on the evidence submitted during the nine-day trial in Wenatchee, the judge concluded there were 1,678 illegal or improper ballots cast in the November 2004 election, but no evidence that those people voted in the governor's race. -- Judge dismisses GOP's election challenge | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA