Justice Richard B. Sanders: Now leading by only 9,806 votes.
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  • Justice Richard B. Sanders: Now leading by only 9,806 votes.
Today, King County Elections continued to plod through its pile of ballots, counting 74,265 more.

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That means there are about 204,757 King County ballots left to go. (And remember, the county doesn't report vote tallies over the weekend, so the next numbers will come on Monday at around 4:30 p.m.)

What changed with today's count?

Democratic Senator Patty Murray's lead over Republican Dino Rossi widened slightly, and is now at 51.64 percent to 48.36 percent statewide. With ballots still breaking heavily for her in King County, look for that margin to grow next week.

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen's lead also widened, putting him up 50.46 percent to 49.54 percent and just outside the recount margin, with 2,027 votes now separating him from Republican John Koster.

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And in the nail-biter state supreme court race, Justice Richard B. Sanders's lead over challenger Charlie Wiggins has shrunk to only 9,806 votes (with Sanders at 50.31 percent and Wiggins at 49.69 percent statewide). Obsessives who have been crunching these numbers—including Slog commenter michaelp—think a Wiggins win is looking more and more viable every day.

Consider: King County is now breaking 57.57 percent to 42.10 percent for Wiggins. There are about 204,757 ballots left to count in King County, and if the current percentages hold Wiggins will receive 117,879 more votes here while Sanders will receive 86,203. That's a net Wiggins gain of 31,676 more votes in King County—or three times the current margin by which Sanders is leading statewide. Now, of course, there are other counties with piles of uncounted ballots still to plow through, and that means you can't just add 31,676 votes to Wiggins current tally and call it a day. But none of those piles of uncounted ballots around the state is anywhere near as big as King County's.