Inslee talks transition as McKenna chases ballots

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna began the day after the election in very different manners.

Inlsee announced at a news conference he is assembling a transition team to help him move into the governor’s office — even though there is no declared winner in the race.

“I am very confident we will be in position to lead the state of Washington for the next four years,” he said this morning in Seattle.

McKenna, meanwhile, anticipated trailing on Election Night and calculates he’ll make up the difference in the coming days.

Late Tuesday night, he appealed to supporters for money to pay for tracking down voters whose ballots face rejection for potentially resolvable problems.

“The first returns are in, and the election is too close to call — so we need to chase votes in order to win this election,” McKenna campaign manager Randy Pepple wrote in a fundraising email. “And we need to be prepared for whatever legal roadblocks that the other side has prepared for us.

“Over 20,000 ballots have already been rejected by county election officials and campaign workers intend to track them down to encourage them to fix any problems,” he said. “It is going to require us to go door-to-door until we find everyone and make sure these ballots are counted.”

Here are the latest results with new totals due late this afternoon.

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