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Poll: Tight race for Washington governorJuly 19, 2012 @ 3:29 am (Updated: 4:31 am - 7/19/12 )
It's close. A new survey of statewide voters finds 42 percent would vote for Republican Rob McKenna if the election were held today, and 41 percent would elect Democrat Jay Inslee. About 16 percent are undecided.
The poll, a sample of 630 voters, comes from SurveyUSA and KING 5 TV.
McKenna's numbers are down from a poll conducted several months ago, but voters are more passionate about him. About 72 percent of McKenna's supporters describe themselves as enthusiastic compared with 58 percent of Inslee's.
McKenna does better with men where he has 47 percent of the likely vote, to Inslee's 36 percent. Inslee is stronger with women, with very similar numbers 47 percent to 38 percent for McKenna.
When asked about the candidates' abilities to lead, those polled believe McKenna would do a better job managing the state budget. On education, the two are a toss up with 34 percent saying McKenna would be stronger, compared with 35 percent who believe Inslee would be better.
Democratic candidate for governor, former Rep. Jay Inslee, left, D-Wash., shakes hands at the start of a debate with Republican candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna in Spokane on June 12, 2012 for their first debate. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)
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