Incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi remain tied in Washingtonâ€™s U.S. Senate race, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.
Murray, who is seeking a fourth six-year term, earns 47% support from Likely Voters in Washington, while Rossi captures an identical 47% of the vote. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, and three percent (3%) more are undecided.
AÂ month ago,Â it was Murray atÂ 48%Â and Rossi atÂ 47%.Â
Since the beginning of the year, Murray has earned 46% to 48% of the vote, while Rossiâ€™s support has ranged from 46% to 49%.
Murray, who was reelected with 55% of the vote in 2004, fares better against two other GOP hopefuls. She leads former pro football player Clint Didier 48% to 40% and holds a 48% to 38% lead over businessman Paul Akers. State Senator Don Benton dropped out of the race earlier this month and endorsed Rossi.
The Democratâ€™s support in these match-ups has changed little, but this is the best showing to date for both Didier and Akers. Republicans will pick their candidate in an August 17 primary, but Rossi, a two-time unsuccessful candidate for governor, is expected to prevail.
Despite the closeness of her race against Rossi in a year that so far seems to be going the GOPâ€™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 consideredÂ potentiallyÂ vulnerable.Â
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Washington was conducted on June 22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted byÂ Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. SeeÂ methodology.
Male voters favor the GOP candidates; female voters prefer Murray. Voters not affiliated with either major party giveÂ RossiÂ a slight edgeÂ overÂ Murray. Against otherÂ RepublicansÂ in the race, Murray hasÂ a narrow lead.
Washington voters are now closely divided over the new national health care law. Fifty percent (50%) favor repeal of the law,Â slightly lower than support nationally,Â while 48% oppose repeal. This includes 41% who Strongly Favor repeal and 41% who Strongly Oppose it.
Rossi earns 88% of the vote of those who Strongly Favor repeal, while Didier and Akers get roughly 75% support from this group. Murray picks up around 85% of the vote from those who Strongly Oppose repeal in all three match-ups.
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