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November 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM

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"They can't just say no," Cantwell says of new GOP majority

Posted by Jonathan Martin

The word of the night among Washington's congressional Democrats was compromise -- as in that's what they say the GOP majority in the U.S. House now has to do. Otherwise, Republicans will face the same voter tide in 2012 that ousted Democrats tonight.

GOP victories in the U.S. House "make it more incumbent on us to work together," Sen. Maria Cantwell said in an interview. "The Republicans kind of threw a wrench into getting things done, but now that they've got the House, well they can't just say no and have things not go anywhere. People will just be angry again two years from now."

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, who held a solid lead in his own House race Tuesday, conceded that his party was facing "a bit of a setback" but otherwise agreed that all eyes were on the GOP.

"Obviously, with the results tonight, we all have to be doubly dedicated to try and find bipartisan consensus," Inslee said. "I'd like to think we can do that on some issues, like education and clean energy."

But "the majority's going to have a lot to say about whether we work together or not," he added.

-- From the Times' Craig Welch

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