New poll: Murray leads Rossi again
The latest sample of voter opinions on Washington’s U.S. Senate race puts Patty Murray in the lead over challenger Dino Rossi – 53 percent to 44 percent.
CNN and Time Magazine conducted the new poll. These results are consistent with an Elway Poll released earlier this week that showed Murray was in the lead by nine points.
Murray has strong support in King County, according Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director, with 66 percent of the vote based on their survey. Rossi has a 20 point lead outside of the Puget Sound area.
“The state of Washington has been considered pretty blue in recent elections and Murray is capitalizing on that. She is winning support from 95 percent of self-identified Democrats,” says Holland in a statement CNN released. “93 percent of Republicans support Rossi, showing how polarized the electorate is – a consequence of the two extremely close gubernatorial races that Rossi ran in 2004 and 2008.”
Rossi sent an e-mail letter to his supporters saying Murray is “shortchanging you and the other voters of our state by denying them the chance to hear directly from her about her votes which have jeopardized the economy and put our fellow citizens out of work.”
Murray has agreed to two debates before the General Election – one in Spokane and one in Seattle. Rossi has challenged her to four additional debates.