No need for a recount this time around in the Washington Governor's race.
Dino Rossi conceded the race to Governor Chris Gregoire today.
At a press conference this afternoon the Governor detailed what our state will gain from a Barack Obama presidency, talking a lot about a "partnership" with president-elect Obama. But she will not go so far as to join his administration.
Gregoire said, "I love my state. do you have any idea how hard I've run to be governor?", a comment that drew laughs from the crowd.
But what does that "partnership" mean?
Most likely, a big boost for Northwest industry.
A multi-billion dollar Air Force refueling tanker contract could finally go Boeing's way.
Washington Democratic Representative Norm Dicks says, "John McCain was adamantly working with Airbus against us. McCain is getting sent back to the Senate. We're getting a president that will be fairer to deal with."
The Obama energy plan calls for a huge increase in renewable energy... and Governor Gregoire says our state is leading the way in wind, solar and biofuel technology, which could mean the creation of thousands of new jobs in our state.
"We've set a target of 25,000 green collar jobs. we are well on our way," Gregoire says.
A national leader in renewable energy is Washington 1st district Congressman Jay Inslee. Fresh off a landslide win in yesterday's election, there is speculation among insiders that Obama could tap Inslee as Interior Secretary.
Inslee was asked about it on Q13 Fox News This Morning.
"I will do anything to help the cause, including dig ditches, but i haven't been contacted about that," Inslee replied.
Just as it was for voters yesterday, the economy is job one for Governor Gregoire heading into a second term. She says an economic stimulus plan is in the works. Not in the form of a check, but rather a plan to help those who have lost their jobs get back to work. It's the best way, she says, to grow the economy.
What Obama win means for Washington State
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