September 22, 2008

DINO MIGHT:

GOP gaining in govs races, too (Louis Jacobson, 9/18/08, Stateline.org)

Washington state: In the rematch of an exceedingly close 2004 contest, challenger Dino Rossi (R) out-raised and out-spent Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire in August. The impact is clear. An automated SurveyUSA poll in early September found Rossi, once consistently trailing in the race, ahead, 48 percent – 47 percent. The shift was most noticeable among women – a potentially alarming trend for a female governor.

The SurveyUSA poll underscored Gregoire’s underwhelming two-point primary win over Rossi on Aug. 19. (Under the state’s unusual primary system, the top two finishers, regardless of party, face off in the general election.) And while Obama is doing well in Washington state, Republicans contend that Rossi – running as a candidate of change against someone he dismisses as a lifelong politician – might be able to pick off a few change-minded Obama supporters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2008 4:05 PM
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