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Palin doesn’t help McCain in Washington, pollster says

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 25, 2008 at 11:42 am |
September 25, 2008 11:42 am

Seattle pollster Stuart Elway was on a media panel (along with News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan) and dropped some interesting numbers from his latest statewide poll.

First, Republican presidential nominee John McCain does better among Washington voters (though still trails) when his name is read to voters alone than he does when his name is read along with vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. That suggests that Palin’s presence on the ticket doesn’t help in Washington state.

Second, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dino Rossi does better (though still trails) when his party preference is listed as “GOP” than he does when his party preference is listed as “Republican.” This is significant because Rossi will appear under the label “GOP”, something that state Democrats object to and have filed litigation to block.

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