Yet another new poll says the Washington governor’s race is a toss-up. The latest, a product of the Gallatin Public Affairs and GS Strategy Group, shows Democrat Jay Inslee has pulled into a 38 percent to 38 percent tie with Republican Rob McKenna with more than four months to go before the Nov. 6 election.
The finding is on page 26 of the larger poll on the Washington economy that questioned 400 likely voters statewide and had an error margin of plus/minus 4.9 percent. It also found President Obama easily beating Republican Mitt Romney by a 50-35 margin.
The dead-heat finding in the governor’s race also shows Inslee winning by just 4 points in the Seattle metro area and is closer than the Elway Poll released earlier this week. According to the Seattle Times, Elway found Inslee has narrowed a 9-point McKenna advantage and now trails the GOP frontrunner by just 2 percentage points.
Elway Research questioned 408 voters during June 13-16 and had an error margin of plus/minus 5 percent, the Times said.
Joel Connelly at the P-I reports this is the third recent poll showing the race has tightened – the third being from Public Policy Polling.
The two campaigns are also neck and neck in fundraising, despite Inslee benefiting from money he transferred from his congressional accounts and a more than four-month fundraising freeze that kept McKenna from accepting any contributions.