Senator Patty Murray, Washington Democrat,was paid a visit by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, and he helped raise $1.3 million for both Ms. Murray and the state Democratic party, say media reports. Why would the Washington Senator, need the president at this time? This year’s election cycle appears to be tough one for Senator Murray. According to Seattle’s King5.com, Republican Dino Rossi, Ms. Murray’s challenger in the general election, is ahead by 7 points in a recent poll:
The first KING 5 Senate poll for the 2010 general election shows Republican Dino Rossi is actually ahead of Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, 52% to 45%.
In most polls leading up to this week’s primary election and on primary night, Murray was in the lead. Primary election results placed Murray 13 points ahead of Rossi, but Rossi splitting the Republican vote with Clint Didier who got 12%, and Paul Akers, with 3%.
The new K5 poll of 618 likely voters, conducted by SurveyUSA, is the first look at a Murray-Rossi matchup in November. It suggests that even without an official endorsement from Didier, many o f Didier’s supporters would choose Rossi over Murray. Akers has endorsed Rossi, but Didier is withholding his endorsement at this time.
Mr. Rossi has an amazing chance of picking up the Washington state seat from Ms. Murray. Known for a running a stunningly close gubernatorial campaign against Washington Democrat Governor Christine Gregoire in 2004, which resulted in an outcome that is still suspect, Mr. Rossi may very well have the last laugh in the end.
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