The Washington Secretary of State’s final vote count report for the week continues to validate the conclusion that all of Washington state is moving towards equality. Tonight’s numbers of 52.6% to 47.4% are not final, as vote counting is still underway. However, even the Secretary of State seems pretty sure about R-71 since their Friday afternoon blog post was titled “R-71: Effective 12-3-09“!
King [County]‘s approval rate has been running 68 percent, and a number of the ballots remaining to be counted are from that county. … If the vote holds, Senate Bill 5688 will go into effect Dec. 3. The election returns will be certified by Secretary of State Sam Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire, probably on Dec. 1, but under provisions of the Constitution, a bill referred to voters and approved takes effect 30 days after Election Day, or Dec. 3 in this case.
After failing to pray in a victory, campaign manager for Protect Marriage Washington Larry Stickney was expected to concede defeat earlier today. Stickney has failed in his effort to undermine families and disadvantage children through the repeal of Washington’s Domestic Partnership Expansion Law of 2009.
Larry Stickney…told LifeSiteNews.com that they plan to wait it out for the rest of [Friday] afternoon (pacific time) to make fully certain of the result and then “probably at that point concede.”
No word yet that Stickney has transmitted his concession message to the press. He very well may choose to not communicate with them at all. He locked the media out of the Reject election night party, even the local Everett Herald. ”It’s a little lonely in the media room at the Holiday Inn in Everett…”, reported Janet Tu of The Seattle Times.
The Washington State Republican Party endorsed Stickney’s anti-family campaign, a move even their major candidate this election, Susan Hutchison distanced herself from and that they themselves never apparently backed with any vigor. No reaction from them yet either.
As for Gary Randall, it’s same ole’ same ole’
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