Saturday, June 26, 2010

Poll: Incumbent Senate Dem in Trouble in Washington

In 2008, President Barack Obama received 17% more votes than Senator John McCain in Washington state, a landslide by political standards. Fast forward two years, and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray is facing fierce competition from Republican challenger Dino Rossi.

According to a new poll released yesterday, Murray and Rossi are now tied 47%-47%. In 2004, Murray received 55% of the vote; in a often-considered blue state, 47% is starkly low.

The Republican primary has not taken place in Washington yet. Against other GOP challengers, Ms. Murray fares much better, leading by at least 8%. The primary takes place on August 17th.

In a year that is considered an up year for Republicans, even gains in a solid blue state are few. This represents a significant "flip" for the GOP.

Related: Poll says that 46% of Americans are upset with the President's handling of the Gulf oil spill.

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8 comments:

Jimmy J. said...

Dino may be polling well, but I doubt he will be the Republican nominee. He is the establishment candidate. Both Paul Akers and Clint Dider are far more conservative than Dino and are the Tea Party favorites right now.

Any one of them could beat Patty, but I'm pulling for Didier.

diplomatdc said...

Rossi was defeated in 2008 by Gov. Christine Gregoire (D). She kept telling voters the state had no deficit. Rossi on the other hand warned of at least a $3 billion deficit. It was not until a few months AFTER the election that Gregoire revealed that Washington had an $8 billion deficit. Rossi has a powerful message but he will not get to tell it if he is defeated in the GOP primary by former NFL player Clint Didier. Sarah Palin will be campaigning for Didier and he already has Ron Paul's endorsement. Didier portray's himself as the anti-DC candidate. However, he has received nearly $273,000 in federal farm subsidies He put his property in a land bank and the government pays him to grow nothing. The taxpayers are actually making the payments on his property so he has time to go around and bash the government.

diplomatdc said...

Ron Paul and Clint Didier are a perfect fit. Didier is a 100% isolationist who wants America to give up its veto power in the UN Security Council. He says “The United Nations has failed. I want the United States out of the United Nations, and the United Nations out of the United States.”
He foolishly accuses the United States of “empire building,” and compares America to European nations which were seeking colonial empires.
Didier says “We need to stop trying to police the world and telling other nations how to manage their affairs. America is a republic; therefore let’s stop trying to spread democracy.” There is no American political figure who wants our nation to police the world, and our troops are battling terrorists and keep us safe.
Didier is also angry at George W. Bush for not submitting a declaration of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Furthermore, Didier is a protectionist who opposes NAFTA, CAFTA and America's membership in the WTO.
Sarah Palin was foolish to endorse Didier and I am very disappointed that she will be campaigning for him.

Doug Fletcher said...

What sort of math are you doing that you get Obama winning 17% more than McCain in 2008? As I remember it the vote was something like Obama 52.7 percent to McCain 46.3 percent -- how does that figure out to 17%? Or are you just talking about Washington state?

Michael said...

The state of Washington. It says it in the article.

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse said...

Doug Fletcher: the 17% is apparently the difference in Wash. state. It's a poorly written 4 paragraphs.

RM said...

John from Pomeroy on the Palouse, do you mean "They are four poorly written paragraphs?" Take out the adjective and verb and you wrote "It's a four paragraphs." People in glass houses...

Mr. K said...

Rossi is a good candidate, and just because someone is apart of "the establishment" and has been around for a while, doesn't mean their not Conservative.

Also - Rossi would have been Gov. 6 years ago, if it wasn't for the DEMS stealing the election.