Current polls show incumbent U. S. Senator Patty Murray in a highly charged battle to retain her seat in the U. S. Senate. It is one of the closest races in the United States.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released finds Murray with 51%, while Republican challenger Dino Rossi earns 46% of the vote, with leaners included. They have moved they race from a “toss-up” to “leans Democrat” in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.
King 5 News sponsored a poll by SurveyUSA, which shows Patty Murray at 50% of the vote, and Dino Rossi at 48%. Anything can happen between now and Election Day, Nov. 2.
Challenge for the Incumbent
Fueled by the recession, high unemployment rates and national unrest, Dino Rossi is making a good showing in the polls. Sen. Patty Murray can’t take anything for granted in this campaign. She understands better than anyone that Washington State has a history of turning 180 degrees and voting incumbents out for the sake of change. Warren “Maggie” Magnuson had represented Washington State in the U. S. Senate from 1944 to 1981, when he was turned out by Slade Gorton. Sen. Gorton lasted only one term, losing to Brock Adams. Patty Murray routed Sen. Adams in the very next election. She has held on to the senate seat for three terms, and wants to return for another six years.
Change for the Sake of Change
The Republican Party and Dino Rossi will be counting on a wave of anti-incumbent votes to help unseat Patty Murray. When we sift through all the rhetoric, I believe it comes down to making a change for the sake of change. I am reminded of a quote by Ellen Glasgow, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner: “All change is not growth and all movement is not forward.”
I like Patty Murray’s experience and what she has accomplished for Washington State over the last eighteen years. Sen. Patty Murray can stand tall on her record regarding the Health Insurance Reform Bill, Medicare initiatives, education and family issues, community development and Block Grants, rural jobs investments, veterans’ affairs and the aerospace industry. Go here for Patty Murray’s voting record in the U.S. Senate.
Working her way up the seniority ladder, she now serves on many Senate Committees and you can find more information about Sen. Murray’s committee assignments here.
For a list of bills sponsored by Patty Murray, go here. Co-sponsored bills may be found here.
Supporting Patty Murray
I do not always agree with all of Sen. Murray’s actions, but I believe that she and her staff continue to be sincere in serving the citizens of Washington State. Taking together her experience and voting record, Sen. Patty Murray will be my choice in the 2010 General Election for the Washington State U. S. Senate.
United State Senator Patty Murray: Website
Rasmussen Reports, 2010 Washington State U.S. Senate General Election: Website
SurveyUSA, Washington State U.S. Senate 2010 General Election: Website