A new public opinion poll from Rasmussen Reports shows GOP challenger Dino Rossi in a tie with Democratic incumbent Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate seat. Both have support of 47 percent of likely voters in a head-to-head race, about the same as a poll one month ago.
That may be bad news for Murray, according to Rasmussen’s analysis.
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 poll of 500 likely voters also show two other Republican hopefuls further back, but gaining compared to a previous poll. Clint Didier would get 40 percent to Murray’s 48 percent, while Paul Akers trails 38 percent to 48 percent.
Among other items, the poll also has some interesting findings on the tea party movement in Washington.
Twenty percent (20%) of Washington voters consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement, compared to 16% nationally….Self-identified Tea Party members overwhelmingly favor the Republicans, with Rossi again running strongest with 93% support. Murray gets two-thirds of the votes of those who say they are not members of that movement.