Patty Murray leads Dino Rossi in a new U.S. Senate poll in Washington State. In this new poll, Patty Murray leads Dino Rossi by only two percent, meaning that the race is just as close as it has ever been. According to this poll, conducted by King 5 News out of Seattle, Murray has 50% of the vote, Rossi has 48% of the vote, and 3% were undecided. The percentages were rounded within in the poll to come up with these numbers, and they also admit that there is a margin of error of +/-4.1%. That is a huge margin, and could actually mean that Rossi is ahead in the numbers. Typically numbers that are this close could go in either direction, and the lead that Murray has in this unofficial poll could quickly evaporate or grow larger in the coming weeks.
It was just last month that Washington State held their primary elections, where Washington had to decide which candidates to support from both parties. The way that the voting works in Washington State is that the top two vote getters advance to the November general election, no matter what party they lay claim to. In that vote, Democratic Senator Patty Murray drew 46.04 percent of the vote, while Republican Dino Rossi earned 33.98 percent of the vote. It was Republican candidate Clint Didier who drew 11.99 percent of the vote to finish third overall, and several other candidates took home a few votes as well. It was assumed at the time that those choosing to vote for Didier would end up sliding to Rossi, but stranger things have happened.
Nearly one million voters turned out for the state primaries, leading some to assume that the November elections could easily surpass that number. There are just four million registered voters in the state, so both Rossi and Murray are working their hardest to campaign to the three million voters that didn’t show up to vote in the primaries. It is going to be a tough election for both candidates, and this latest poll just shows how close things could really get. With the closeness of numbers like these, it also fuels debates on both sides as to what the other candidate might do if they won the election. Murray has indeed done a lot for the state, but the sentiment that change is necessary could convince a lot of voters that it is time to try out someone like Rossi.