Kerry sends cash for Wash. State recount

Dec. 2, 2004 at 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., kicked in more than $200,000 in unspent presidential campaign funds to help Democrats fund a recount in Washington state.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer said Thursday Kerry sent the money to help fellow Democrat Christine Gregoire pay for a second recount of the Nov. 2 gubernatorial ballots.

Republican Dino Rossi was certified the winner by 42 votes. Gregoire has refused to concede.

After a mandatory machine recount shrunk Rossi's lead from 261 votes to 42 votes, Gregoire said she considered the race a tie and promised to make sure every vote cast would be counted.

Even with Kerry's substantial donation, however, Gregoire and the Democrats have not yet raised the $700,000 they need to put up in advance before election officials can begin a statewide hand recount.

A state party spokesman said the Democrats have $500,000 on hand, including Kerry's contribution, and have requested $200,000 from the Democratic National Committee.

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