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Are ‘push polls’ labor’s ‘first salvo’ against Republicans, Democrats?

Phones are ringing at voters’ homes in hotly contested legislative districts, and the voice on the other end may have some unflattering information about the candidates.

Voters in parts of the “suburban crescent,” the arc of swing districts around Seattle, heard negative messages about candidates recently in what one of the targeted candidates, Joe Fain, calls a “push poll,” a survey intended to persuade rather than query.

Fain, a Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Claudia Kauffman of Kent, seized on the calls in an e-mail asking supporters for money, writing that “my opponent’s campaign” paid polling firm Mountain West Research to

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