Gregoire leads in statewide poll; Rossi leads in eastern Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gregoire leads in statewide poll; Rossi leads in eastern Washington

SEATTLE, Wash.- A new independent Washington Poll gives Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire a six-point lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi. Gregoire scored 51 percent in the poll to Rossi's 45 percent, with 4 percent still undecided.

The new poll suggests Gregoire is benefiting from the national success of Sen. Barack Obama, who leads Republican John McCain by a 55 percent to 34 percent, with 5 percent for fringe candidates and 6 percent undecided.

The poll, directed by University of Washington, was in the field from Oct. 18th until Sunday. It interviewed 600 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The Washington Poll concurs with findings of a recent Elway Poll -- which also put Gregoire's support at 51 percent.

Meanwhile, here in Eastern Washington, the "GOP Party" challenger is ahead 61-34.

Gregoire and Rossi are virtually tied among independent voters, but the state holds more Democratic voters than Republicans.

The 2004 election, which Gregoire bested Rossi by just 133 votes, showed a far different pattern. Gregoire won big, by a 150,000-vote margin, in populous King County. But she lost narrowly in Snohomish County, and by a big margin in Pierce County.

The Washington Poll will release a second poll, on Nov. 1, based on a survey of voters from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1, to determine if support levels are holding or if new trends are apparent in the final week.
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