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Gregoire and Rossi Tied in Washington’s Gubernatorial Race

The race for Washington’s next Governor is now a tie. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds incumbent Christine Gregoire and challenger Dino Rossi each attracting 48% of the vote.

Gregoire is viewed favorably by 51% and unfavorably by 47%. Her job performance is rated 43% good or excellent from voters, while 35% say she is doing a poor job.

Former State Senator Rossi’s ratings are 50% favorable, 48% unfavorable.

This year’s race has been anything but steady. Last month, Rossi pulled ahead of the governor, 52% to 46%, after trailing behind by four percentage points in August. Gregoire managed to hold solid leads in May, June, and July, after a virtually tied race through March and February. This year’s election is reminiscent of the exciting match up between the two candidates in 2004 that ended with a controversial win for Gregoire that had to be decided by the state’s courts.

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The latest poll shows Gregoire still struggling among unaffiliated voters in the state. She now trails Rossi 57% to 37% among those voters, representing an even larger deficit from last month (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

Rasmussen Markets data shows that Gregoire is currently given a % chance of being re-elected in November. Figures updated on a 24/7basis by market participants. It costs nothing to join and add your voice to the Rasmussen Market results.

The latest numbers for Washington’s presidential race will be released today at 5 p.m.

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Washington Governor Leans Democratic

Latest RR Poll

RR Poll Avg.

RR Mkts.

In Trade

2002 Results

Republican

48%

49%

49%

Democratic

50%

48%

49%

This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 2, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Washington Trends: Rossi vs. Gregoire

Date

Rossi

Gregoire

10/22/2008

48%

50%

10/02/2008

48%

48%

09/10/2008

52%

46%

08/06/2008

43%

47%

07/09/2008

43%

49%

06/09/2008

43%

50%

05/12/2008

41%

52%

03/27/2008

46%

47%

02/28/2008

47%

46%


Favorable Ratings for Gubernatorial Candidates in Washington

 

Rossi

Gregoire

Very Favorable

32%

25%

Somewhat Favorable

20%

25%

Somewhat Unfavorable

15%

19%

Very Unfavorable

31%

31%

Not Sure

2%

1%


About Rasmussen Reports

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