Republican Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn, who was down 52.82 to 47.18 after the latest count, conceded the race this morning to his Democratic rival, and King County Council colleague, Bob Ferguson.
Here's Dunn's statement:
This morning I congratulated Washington's next Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, on his victory in Tuesday's election. It was a hard-fought campaign, and I am proud of the work we did. It was a true honor to have had the opportunity to meet so many Washingtonians and visit so many communities across our state.
I believe firmly that there is a time for campaigning and a time for governing. Our nation and our country have many pressing problems that demand we all reach for solutions, and I intend to lead in that effort here in King County. I believe Washington will be well-served by its next Attorney General. I will miss Bob's service on the King County Council and look forward to working with him as he heads to Olympia.
More importantly, Paige and I are so excited to be only a few short days away from welcoming the newest addition to the Dunn family. I want to thank all my friends, supporters, family, and colleagues for their well wishes.
The race featured the traditional right/left standoff: Dunn hyped his conservative prosecutorial approach and Ferguson talked up civil attorney themes, though late in the campaign, independent attack ads against Dunn used the conservative playbook and hit him for being soft on crime.
As we noted in Fizz, Ferguson is a formidable politician, and will certainly be on the Democrats' short list for governor in a cycle or two.
UPDATE: Ferguson sent out an email to supporters declaring victory.
I can’t thank you enough for supporting me in this election.
Your time, money, and energy made this possible. You stretched yourself and dug deep to help me fight back against the misleading attacks.
Together, we stood up to $3 million in negative ads and won.
We sent a message to Karl Rove and the out-of-state special interests that the Office of Washington State Attorney General cannot be bought.
This is your victory as much as mine.
I look forward to working with you over the next four years to advocate for consumers, protect our environment, stand up for veterans, and keep our communities safe.
I hope you will partner with me to ensure that taxpayers are protected and powerful special interests that break the rules are held accountable.
I can’t thank you enough.