Updated ballot counts from across the state still show GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna trailing Democrat Jay Inslee by about 50,000 votes, and McKenna's share of the King County vote is not growing enough to overcome Inslee's total.
The McKenna campaign maintains it's too soon to call the race, since as many as 1 million ballots may be left to count statewide. Republicans point to polls taken late in the campaign that showed a higher share of the late vote for McKenna.
As of Wednesday morning, there were an estimated 400,000 uncounted ballots in King County, and election officials were projecting that 90,000 more would be counted by the end of the day.
King's results are critical not just because the county makes up anywhere from a quarter to a third of the state's electorate, but also because a statewide Republican candidate's performance in the heavily Democratic county weighs heavily on his chances for victory.
Election experts from both parties routinely say a statewide GOP candidate must win 40 percent or more of King County's vote to win. As of late Thursday afternoon, Republican nominee rob McKenna had won about 37.5 percent of votes counted in King. Democrat Jay Inslee continues to lead by around 50,000 votes.
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