Native Vote will determine contol of US Senate

Tomorrow the nation will turn it’s lonely eyes to you (Washington State).  And you can count on the Native Vote making all the difference in the world.

Why? Well for starters remember that the Native Vote made the difference in 2000 and 2004.  Indians from Spokane to Vancouver to Bellingham to Yakima to the Jet City and Tacoma gave Governor Chris Gregoire the 133 vote margin over Dino Rossi in 2004 and delivered the knockout blow of a 2,229 vote margin for Senator Maria Cantwell against Slade Gorton in 2000.  The polls in this race have been all over, but the early returns suggest a really high level of voting for a mid-term election.

How strong is the statewide Native Vote?  BAM! THAT STRONG!  Out of a total population of 5.9 million, there are almost 160,000 Natives in the State.  In 2008, there were about 80,000 Native voters.  If just half vote this year, that’s 40,000 votes.  Trends in the past two elections have put the Native Vote squarely in the Democrats’ corner, so we are convinced that if the Murray-Rossi Senate race is closer than 20,000, you can be sure the Native Vote made the difference!  And keep in mind that there are about 8,000 Native Votes in King County alone, which is central to Murray’s victory strategy.   There are also about 4,500 Native Votes in Pierce County (Tacoma) which is where the Senate race will be lost or won.

The Secretary of State is predicting the highest voting turnout since 1970.  You do the math.  It’s gonna come down to the Native Vote!

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