McKenna Has Slight Edge in Closely-Watched Wash. Race
Republican Rob McKenna has a slight lead over Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., in the 2012 gubernatorial race in Washington State, expected to be one of the most competitive state races of the cycle, according to a new University of Washington poll released Monday.
McKenna, the two-term state attorney general, leads Inslee, 44 percent to 38 percent. That is just barely inside the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. Eighteen percent of voters were undecided.
McKenna, who was reelected in 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the vote, leads Inslee among independents, 44 percent to 28 percent.
McKenna is better-known -- and more popular -- than Inslee, who represents a district that straddles the Puget Sound around and north of Seattle. McKenna is viewed favorably by 47 percent of Evergreen State voters, while just 20 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.
Meanwhile, half of voters don't know enough about Inslee to have an opinion. A third of voters have a favorable opinion of Inslee, while 17 percent have an unfavorable opinion.