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KCTS 9 Washington Poll: State’s independent voters favoring Obama, McKenna

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll released its second wave of results today, showing President Obama widening his edge over Republican Mitt Romney to nearly 20 percentage points, while Democrat Jay Inslee is very narrowly ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s race.

Among the interesting findings is that independent voters are favoring Obama by 17 points, McKenna by 21 points, while in the attorney general’s race independents favor Democrat Bob Ferguson by 8 points over Republican Reagan Dunn, according to University of Washington associate professor Matt Barreto, who briefed reporters on the poll this morning.

That suggests McKenna’s effort to cut through Obama’s presumed coattails to capture independents and some Democrats is actually working.

Exact poll results are here
and should also be posted soon at the Washington Poll site and at KCTS-9.

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September a strong month for presidential candidates in Pierce County, but Obama leads in cash

Newly released data from the Federal Election Commission shows both presidential candidates reported their best month yet across Washington State.

Among contributors giving $200 or more, President Obama nearly tripled Governor Romney’s statewide totals for the month of September – $3,111,891 to $1,202,326. In Pierce County, the difference was more modest – $131,757 to $63,283 – just over double. The gain over August’s numbers in the county for Obama was 33% and for Romney, 9%.

Based on available itemized contributions (only donations greater than $200 in aggregate are required by law to be reported to the FEC), the President leads

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UW Poll: Obama, R-74 winning; Inslee-McKenna is toss-up

Voters in the Evergreen State are backing President Obama and same-sex marriage by wide margins, while giving Democrat Jay Inslee a very slight edge over Republican Rob McKenna in the Washington governor’s race, according to the latest Washington Poll released today.

Go here for the full results, which carry a strong-blue tint on most issues except for the clear support for limiting taxes and allowing charter schools.

The poll release this afternoon comes after Secretary of State Sam Reed said he expects turnout in the high-stakes election to reach 81 percent, a bit less than in 2008 but stronger than average.

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Last-minute Santorum, Paul, Romney rallies expected

State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur says presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are coming back to Washington this week for one last push before Saturday’s GOP caucuses.

And Mitt Romney, who will be in Bellevue Thursday for a long-planned fundraiser, is committed to having a public event at a time to be announced, Wilbur said.

Santorum plans two rallies Thursday in eastern Washington, while Paul comes to Seattle Friday, Wilbur said. There were no details yet on times and places.

The March visits follow February appearances by Santorum, Paul and Newt Gingrich and point out the potential importance of Washington’s caucuses,

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Rick Santorum will bring his surging GOP presidential campaign to Tacoma-Olympia on Monday

The former Pennsylvania senator will hold several events, one public, when he visits Washington state on Monday.

Andrea Innes, a state committeewoman from Pierce County, said the state party has notified party officials that Rick Santorum will lead a rally at 7 p.m. at the Washington History Museum in downtown Tacoma beginning at 7 p.m.

Beforehand he will have a closed meeting with state party officials including members of the state committee, Innes said. The even is free and open to the public.

Santorum will also be in Olympia earlier Monday but none of those events will be open to

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Romney critical of Obama’s oil spill response

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said the Gulf oil spill has proven President Barack Obama “is totally out of his depth in dealing with a crisis.”

Romney, once and probably future candidate for president, spoke to fellow Republicans in his keynote speech at their Washington state convention.

He told them Obama should have brought in experts from BP, other oil companies and universities, listened to their ideas and chosen the best solution.

“He hasn’t even met with the chief executive of BP. How can that be?” Romney said. “Instead he’s trying to figure out who to blame. We don’t want

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Mitt Romney to speak at Washington GOP convention

It isn’t until next summer, but the state Republican convention has already scored a pretty big speaker – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

That’s what The Columbian is reporting here.

The convention is set for June in Vancouver.

Romney is a once and probably future candidate for the GOP nomination for president. Mid-year conventions are a typical time for candidates to make more-casual visits around the country but it isn’t often that the state scores a front-runner like this.