Washington AG Rob McKenna making announcement

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is expected to announce his candidacy for Washington governor at a Wednesday night event at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, where he went to school.

If elected McKenna would be the state's first GOP governor since John Spellman left office in 1985.

The 48-year-old McKenna was first elected attorney general in 2004 after serving on the King County council.

His advisers would only say that McKenna planned a "major announcement." The word that it's the governor's race comes from two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt McKenna.

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