Poll: Inslee, McKenna in Virtual Tie
A new poll in the Washington State governor's race, conducted by the Seattle-based public affairs firm Strategies 360 and released on Thursday, shows Republican state Attorney General Rob McKenna leading former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee by a statistically-insignificant margin of 4 points.
McKenna leads Inslee, 43 percent to 39 percent, according to the poll, which has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points. Three percent of likely voters prefer another candidate, and 15 percent are undecided. The race is little changed from a previous poll from the firm, conducted last September, that showed McKenna leading Inslee by 7 points.
Strategies 360 employs both Democrats and Republicans. The head of Strategies 360 ran Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell's 2000 campaign.
Democrats favor Inslee in the poll, 79 percent to 7 percent, while McKenna leads among Republicans, 85 percent to 6 percent. Among independents, McKenna leads, 43 percent to 21 percent, though 35 percent of independents said they favored another candidate or were undecided.
Inslee leads McKenna in King County, which includes Seattle and its suburbs, and also in the areas around the Puget Sound that Inslee represented in Congress. But McKenna sports big leads in the rest of Western Washington, in addition to the traditional Republican territories east of the Cascades.