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Election 2008: Delaware Governor Election
Democrat Dominates Delaware Governor Race

Democratic State Treasurer Jack Markell leads Judge Bill Lee 62% to 34% in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race for Delaware’s next governor.

The two men are campaigning to replace Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner, who is constitutionally barred from running for a third term. Markell is serving his third term as the state treasurer. Lee, who served as a judge in the state’s superior court, lost the last gubernatorial election to Minner.

Markell is dominant among unaffiliated voters, 57% to 35%. He also leads 59% to 36% among men and 65% to 33% among women.

The Democrat is viewed favorably by 67% of voters in Delaware and unfavorably by just 27%. Lee’s ratings are 52% favorable, 31% unfavorable.

Minner earns good or excellent ratings from 22% of voters, while 36% give her job performance a poor rating.

The latest poll of Delaware’s presidential election, which will be released today at 5 p.m., finds Barack Obama well ahead of John McCain. Longtime Delaware Senator Joseph Biden is Obama's running mate.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 10, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Delaware Trends: Governor Race

Date

Lee

Markell

10/13/2008

34%

62%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in Delaware

 

Lee

Markell

Very Favorable

15%

33%

Somewhat Favorable

37%

34%

Somewhat Unfavorable

21%

18%

Very Unfavorable

10%

9%

Not Sure

16%

6%


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.