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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.

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).

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

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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.


Washington Trends: Rossi vs. Gregoire

Date

Rossi

Gregoire

10/22/2008

48%

50%

48%

48%

52%

46%

43%

47%

43%

49%

43%

50%

41%

52%

46%

47%

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%


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