Inslee secures victory in Wash. governor's race

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 8:04 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democrat Jay Inslee says it's time to get to work.

Inslee secured victory in Washington's close race for governor Friday, vowing to focus his administration on jump-starting the state's economy. He thanked opponent Rob McKenna for what he described as a gracious conversation Friday night in which the Republican conceded the race.

Inslee's campaign was built largely around his plans to spur job growth by investing in clean energy and other specific sectors.

Both candidates vowed to not raise taxes. Those policies will be put to the test in January, when lawmakers begin negotiations over how to deal with a budget shortfall and the need for more education funding.

Inslee has already started the process of forming a team that will help him transition to office.

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