For the first time since the gubernatorial election started gaining traction, Democrat Jay Inslee is leading in a new Elway poll. Inslee has surpassed Rob McKenna with a 43-36 percent lead. Another poll released by KING-TV shows McKenna having a small lead on Inslee at 42-41 percent. Though McKenna has a slight lead in that poll Inslee has still gained on the republican.
The negative news stories that have come out about McKenna recently could be contributing to his drop in the polls. Over the last month, McKenna has failed to answer questions about gun control and his feelings on the overturn of the Affordable Care Act and a member of his staff was found to have tweeted inappropriate comments about Asian Americans and the elderly.
Another possibility for Inslee’s gain in the polls is because of the TV ad he released earlier in the month. Members of my family and the community who I have talked to said they all really enjoyed the ad and it made some of them go from undecided voters to Inslee supporters.
I hope that the support Inslee has gained in the last few weeks will stay with him until the vital general election in November.