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WA governor race still undecided, legal action possible

[JURIST] Ten days after the last ballots were cast, the Washington state governor's race remained too close to call Friday, and the state Democratic party said it was considering options including legal action. State officials still have thousands of provisional ballots to count and only about 3,600 votes separate leader Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Christine Gregoire. Much of the controversy over the count has centered on King County (county election information), where officials have found 900 provisional ballots with signature problems and the state Democratic Party has alleged intimidation of election workers by Republicans. The state has Republican Party denied the charge. Certified results are expected from King County next Wednesday, while statewide results must be certified by Dec. 2. The Washington Secretary of State has the latest results in the governor race. WA state elections laws are available here. The Seattle Times has more.

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