UPDATE: Citing his wariness of dividing the party and dividing resources, Republican Benton makes it official—he's dropping out the race, and he's endorsing Dino Rossi.
We just called some the GOP candidates in the pack going after Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's seat to get their take on Dino Rossi's formidable out-of-the gate fundraising.
There was no answer at conservative state Sen. Don Benton's (R-17) campaign shop. Our guess: Look for Benton to drop out of the race later today now that his friend Rossi is in with $600,000 after just one week, according to Rossi.
We reached a volunteer at Clint Didier's campaign office. She said she had seen the report on Rossi's money and directed us to email Didier's campaign spokesman, Warren Aaberg.