The latest poll numbers showing Republican Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna beating US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA,1) 46-39 in the 2012 governor’s race contain some more grim news for Inslee: He’s barely ahead in King County, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
PubliCola reports that the Democrat is "supposed to win King County" and Inslee does in the latest poll: 45-39." But that's hardly something for Democrats to crow about. In 2010, Patty Murray (D-WA) beat Republican challenger Dino Rossi in King County in 2010 64.59 to 34.91.
Says Kevin Ingham, vice president for polling and research at Strategies 360, told PubliCola:
Republicans need to be in the mid-40s in King County on election day to have any chance of winning, says PublicCola. Right now McKenna has a 40 percent favorability rating in King —which is higher than he scores in any other part of the state. Inslee’s favorable rating in King County is 42 percent.
"The size of Inslee’s lead in King County should be a concern for Democrats. In 2004, Chris Gregoire beat Dino Rossi 58 percent to 40 percent in King County. At this point, McKenna has as much support as Rossi did, while Inslee has far less than Gregoire wound up with."
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