GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee are tied in Washington's gubernatorial contest in a new poll from Strategies 360, a Democratic-leaning consulting firm that has conducted independent polls in the state.
The poll has each candidate at 46 percent support. The last time they conducted a poll, back in May, McKenna led Inslee 43 percent to 39 percent.
The two men have similar favorable/unfavorable splits in the poll. Inslee is viewed favorably by 42 percent and unfavorably by 33 percent. McKenna is seen favorably by 41 percent and unfavorably by 36 percent.
Public polling generally has shown a close race. Washington is a tough state for a Republican, but McKenna is a strong recruit for Republicans and considered the best chance they've had at retaking the governor's mansion in years.
Inslee is underperforming President Obama, and McKenna is overperforming Mitt Romney: The president leads, 52 percent to 39 percent.
The poll was conducted Oct. 17-20 and surveyed 500 likely voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4.4 percentage points.
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