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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Charlie Wiggins seizes lead from Richard Sanders, a full week after Election Day 2010

As the old adage goes, good things come to those who wait.

That's undoubtedly what Charlie Wiggins is thinking this evening, after moving into the lead against entrenched incumbent Richard Sanders for the first time.

Sanders, who is Tim Eyman and BIAW's friend on the court, had managed to stay ahead thanks to Pierce and Snohomish counties. But mighty Martin Luther King Jr. County showed its strength again this afternoon when it pushed Wiggins into first place, giving him a 3,393 vote lead earlier this hour.

Wiggins also has a plurality of the vote in San Juan, Kitsap, Thurston, Clallam, Jefferson, Pacific, and Garfield counties. But he is also pulling nearly even with Sanders in several other swing counties, namely Skagit, Whatcom, and Island, where he has more than 49.5% of the vote. His performance in these swing counties is critical... it's what's allowing King County to outduel Pierce and Snohomish, which are supporting Sanders.

Wiggins, who helped develop, has more than three decades of experience as an attorney, and previously served on the Court of Appeals. He was the first challenger to declare his candidacy for Supreme Court this cycle, and the only Supreme Court challenger to survive the August 17th election.

He is now poised to pull off a major upset. Knocking out an incumbent in a statewide race is not an easy thing to do, but thanks to an incredible showing in King County and a respectable showing in many critical swing counties, Wiggins is on the verge of becoming the Supreme Court's first new justice in several years.


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