[JURIST] A US District Court judge refused Sunday to issue a temporary restraining order barring the hand-counting of ballots in the recount of Washington's governor's race. The lawsuit, filed Saturday by the Washington State Republican Party, asked the court to bar hand-counting of ballots that are rejected by voting machines. State rules require a machine recount when the margin of victory is less than 2,000 votes, however, due to technical difficulties many ballots cannot be recounted by machine. The latest official count has Democrat Christine Gregoire leading Republican Dino Rossi by only 261 votes. AP has more.