Republicans said it would be bad news for the otherwise-safe Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) if former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi decided to run against her. So far, they seem to be right, and more so than observers expected.
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Yesterday, his campaign announced Rossi raised over $600,000 in his first week as a candidate -- a third of it from grassroots supporters online. He's signed 2,500 people to his campaign list in the first week, and attracted 20,000 followers to his Facebook page (which his campaign says is the "third most of any US Senate candidate and nearly twice that of Senator Murray.")
Republicans in Washington, it seems, are happy to see Rossi after all.