September 15th, 2010
05:04 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Murray holds advantage in re-election bid

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Sen. Patty Murray of Washington leads her Republican challenger Dino Rossi by nine points.

According to CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, 53 percent of likely voters in Washington State back the three term senator, with 44 percent supporting Rossi, who was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2004 and 2008.

While the poll indicates that the two candidates are splitting the independent vote, Murray holds an overwhelming lead among members of her own party -Democrats– who outnumber Republicans in the state.

Full results (pdf)

"The state of Washington has been considered pretty blue in recent elections and Murray is capitalizing on that. She is winning support from 95 percent of self-identified Democrats," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "And 93 percent of Republicans support Rossi, showing how polarized the electorate is - a consequence of the two extremely close gubernatorial races that Rossi ran in 2004 and 2008."

Murray has been able to pad her lead with a two-to-one advantage in King County, home to Seattle and a large chunk of the Democratic voters in the state.

"Murray wins 66 percent in King County and has a five-point edge in the suburbs and exurbs that spread north and south from Seattle along the shores of Puget Sound," Holland notes. "Rossi has a 20-point lead in the rest of the state."

The CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 10-14, with 906 likely votes questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: CNN/Time poll • Dino Rossi • Washington State
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Laurie in Spokane

    I live in Wshington State and I'm sure glad the polls show Murray is ahead. Can't picture Rossi as our Senator. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth like a snake-oil salesman.

    September 15, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. jackson

    Rossi, three strikes and you're out. When you lose this one, do Washingtonians a favor and just stop running. It used to be fun to vote against you, now it is just getting sad.

    September 15, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Juan Hernandez

    Dino will win. Patty has not done a darn thing for Washington!

    September 15, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Bonnie in Seattle

    Go Patty Murray! We love her!

    September 15, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Rob Johnson

    Between this and Delaware, there is NO way the Republicans are taking over the Senate in November. Not gonna happen.

    The GOP is not going to be able to sweep in and overturn everything Obama has done, even though that is basically their only platform..

    Come January, we may have a Congress so evenly split that working together in a bipartisan way is the only option to get anything done.

    That would be change I could believe in.

    September 15, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. steve from puyallup. WA.

    I live in puyallup, wa. and I am a indy. And I am NOT going to vote for PATTY..... she is typical WA. D.C. it's all about her and people not being responsible. Why doesn't congress have the same things the little people have. such as ssn and no special retirement. and if they don't last 30 yrs. they don't get any special perks. We need action and not talk. In Wa. State you don't have to prove your a citizen to get a I.D. or drivers license. Last time I checked we are a border state. HMMM
    nothing will change with the same ol gang in there. vote for a third party if you can't cross the lines.. a 3rd party person couldn't do any worse.......

    vote indy

    September 15, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    Dino Rossi...........Wasn't he in The Godfather?.........You know?! ......Don Corleone?....... Luka "sleeps with the fishes" Brazzi? Santino?.........Solazzo?...........No?......Maybe?

    September 15, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. jim

    Sen. Patty Murray supports Obama in his agenda to change America into a "Socialist Utopia" She has been one of those members of Congress that is responsible for the country being 13.3 trillion dollars in debt and will not vote against any bill that is proposed even if there isn't funding for it. We need to cut up her credit card that was given to her by Uncle Sam.

    September 15, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. macguysea

    Just know this... ROSSI IS ABSOLUTE SLIME with the BIAW and big business in his back pocket. I'm no Murray fan, but Rossi would NEVER get my vote or that of my family.

    September 15, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Well I guess now we can start to look at LOCAL polls instead of on a NATIONAL basis which was run all summer with the GOP starring!!!

    VOTERS keep in mind that these races are LOCAL and EVERY vote counts!!!

    DEMOCRATS – politicians STATE the CASE – voters UNITE the BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November!!!

    September 15, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |