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New Washington Poll: Good News For Patty Murray?

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A new Senate survey of interest comes from Washington where the state's Elway Poll shows Democratic Senator Patty Murray leading Republican challenger Dino Rossi by a nine point margin (50% to 41%). The result is much better news for Murray than three other surveys conducted in late August and nudges Murray ahead of Rossi on our trend estimate by 3.7 percentage points (49.4% to 45.7%).

Does the new poll mean that Murray has gained ground in recent weeks, following a post August 17 primary "bump" for Rossi, (as our chart implies)? Not necessarily. What may be going on is a combination of timing and wide variation among pollsters that we have seen elsewhere this year: The most recent polls conducted using live interviewers show Murray doing better than those using an automated, recorded voice methodology.

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