Washington Senate: Murray (D) 47%, Rossi (R) 47%

Rasmussen Reports

Incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi remain tied in Washington’s U.S. Senate race, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.

Murray, who is seeking a fourth six-year term, earns 47% support from Likely Voters in Washington, while Rossi captures an identical 47% of the vote. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) more are undecided.

A month ago, it was Murray at 48% and Rossi at 47%. 

Since the beginning of the year, Murray has earned 46% to 48% of the vote, while Rossi’s support has ranged from 46% to 49%.

Murray, who was reelected with 55% of the vote in 2004, fares better against two other GOP hopefuls. She leads former pro football player Clint Didier 48% to 40% and holds a 48% to 38% lead over businessman Paul Akers. State Senator Don Benton dropped out of the race earlier this month and endorsed Rossi.

The Democrat’s support in these match-ups has changed little, but this is the best showing to date for both Didier and Akers. Republicans will pick their candidate in an August 17 primary, but Rossi, a two-time unsuccessful candidate for governor, is expected to prevail.

Despite the closeness of her race against Rossi in a year that so far seems to be going the GOP’s way, Murray has the powers of incumbency at hand in a state that trends Democratic. Still, incumbents that fall short of 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable. 

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Washington was conducted on June 22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Male voters favor the GOP candidates; female voters prefer Murray. Voters not affiliated with either major party give Rossi a slight edge over Murray. Against other Republicans in the race, Murray has a narrow lead.

Washington voters are now closely divided over the new national health care law. Fifty percent (50%) favor repeal of the law, slightly lower than support nationally, while 48% oppose repeal. This includes 41% who Strongly Favor repeal and 41% who Strongly Oppose it.

Rossi earns 88% of the vote of those who Strongly Favor repeal, while Didier and Akers get roughly 75% support from this group. Murray picks up around 85% of the vote from those who Strongly Oppose repeal in all three match-ups.

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