Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Elway Poll: Rossi Far Ahead of Didier and Akers, Closing on Murray

A new Elway poll released yesterday found the following results for the August 17 Washington "top two" primary for the U.S. Senate race in Washington state.  Remember, under Washington law, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election in November, regardless of party:

Patty Murray (D) 43%
Dino Rossi (R) 31%
Clint Didier (R) 5%
Paul Akers (R) 2%

17% were undecided, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.  The poll was conducted June 9-13 with 405 registered Washington voters.

Elway also conducted polling on hypothetical one-on-one matchups for November:

Murray (D) 47%
Rossi (R) 40%
Undecided 13%

Murray (D) 47%
Akers (R) 33%
Undecided 20%

Murray (D) 46%
Didier (R) 32%
Undecided 22%
The last Elway Poll, conducted at the beginning of May, had Rossi down to Murray 51%-34%.  He's closed the gap considerably since entering the Senate race officially two and a half weeks ago.  For an incumbent to still be polling below 50% less than five months before the election must have Democrats in a panic.  Murray lost support across the board to all the Republican candidates, not just Rossi.  Look for Demcrats to try and play up Republican disunity even more in the coming weeks.

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