OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Democratic Jay Inslee is confident that his early lead in Washington's race for governor will hold.

Inslee said Wednesday he is beginning the process of setting up a transition team that will help him prepare for taking office in January. He stopped short of declaring victory, acknowledging that the election's final result may not be known until the end of this week.

Inslee held a promising advantage after nearly 2 million votes were counted Tuesday, carrying 51 percent of ballots. Election officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of votes are left to count.

McKenna spokesman Charles McCray says the campaign is waiting to see the new numbers and that aides still expect McKenna will ultimately win.