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.
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