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Patty Murray Looks Weak In New Polling

According to a new Rasmussen poll:

Democratic incumbent Patty Murray still falls just short of 50% support in match-ups with five potential GOP rivals in Washington State’s race for the U.S. Senate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Murray earning 45% to 48% of the vote, down just slightly from a month ago. She runs best – with 48% support – against her two strongest GOP challengers, Dino Rossi and State Senator Don Benton. Incumbents who earn less than 50% support at this point in a campaign are viewed as vulnerable.

Are these latest numbers, which show Rossi polling behind Murray,  going to push “Dunno Dino” (thanks, @ElkMom) in or out?

Also notable:

  • Akers, Didier and Widener all poll at 37% but Murray polls slightly lower against Akers (within the margin of error).
  • Barring any unforseen revelations, there’s not much room for movement in the Rossi/Murray and Benton/Murray matchups.
  • The Akers/Murray matchup shows slightly more room for movement than the matchups against Didier and Widener (again, within the margin of error).
  • Murray’s lead over Rossi is within the margin of error.

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An Excess Of Candidates

We have so many GOP candidates for U.S. Senate here in Washington that I can honestly say I’m not sure that I can name all of them. Off the top of my head (in alphabetical order):

Do you see who’s missing? That would be Dino Rossi, the non-candidate who puts so much fear into Patty Murray that she has sicced her DSCC attack dogs on one of her constituents. Nice. Way to represent, Patty.

There’s a lot of speculation about Rossi; will he run, won’t he run, will he run, won’t he run, will he, won’t he….

Honestly, the entire state is in a state. A state of limbo, that is. This far into the election cycle, Rossi’s indecision begins to seem like one of two things: timidity (I just need a few more polls showing me in the lead…what was that noise!?!) or arrogance (Hey! I’m the Rossi! I can get in any time and voters will flock to my banner.). Either way, he’s doing a disservice to the to the voters and to the candidates who have been willing to make a commitment.

Looking back at that list, you may notice Rossi’s not the only thing missing from the list of candidates. With the exception of Don Benton, the candidates are entirely lacking in political experience. To be honest, I don’t think that’s going to be a huge issue this campaign cycle – anti-incumbent sentiment is running high – but also absent is state-wide name recognition.

Now I’ve been told that you can buy name recognition but that doesn’t come cheap. Sure, the candidates are making the rounds of Lincoln Day Dinners and candidate forums, but in the end, they need name recognition outside that relatively exclusive group. To build that kind of name recognition, candidates need cash and I suspect the latest campaign finance reports will show our candidates are starving for cash.

Voters are highly motivated but you can’t blame them for waiting to see what Rossi decides before opening their purse strings. Who wants to make a hefty donation to a candidate who’ll be knocked out of the running by a late entry?

It’s time for Rossi to put an end to the speculation one way or another, whether to free up campaign funds and volunteers for other candidates or snap them up for his own campaign. Or just shoot us and put us out of our misery.

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Tossing Their Hats In The Ring

I may not be a genius, but I don’t think you need to use rocket science to conclude that Chris Widener will make his Senate run official tomorrow morning.

Patty Murray is the Senate’s most liberal legislator. Her lifetime ACU rating is 2.92, barely above Jim McDermott’s 2.52. But – get this – in 2008, Murray scored zero. She must be replaced.

Look for Clint Didier’s announcement on January 11th.

It’s my belief that the primary will be a contest between these two candidates, unless someone with huge name recognition expert fund-raising skills enters the race late.

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Officially A Possibility?

Rumor has it that Chris Widener will announce in the next few days that he’s forming an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of a run against Patty Murray in 2010. As I outlined here, Chris is the founder of Positively Republican, a group that educates voters about the positive benefits of conservatism for people in every station of life.

From the Positively Republican Facebook page:

We will articulate and promote a positive vision for:

  • Living the American Dream
  • National Security
  • Government Reform and Efficiency
  • Economic Vitality and Growth
  • Leadership in Moral/Social Issues
  • Energy Independence
  • Responsible Protection of the Environment
  • Affordable Quality Health Care
  • Excellence in Education

Our core values:

  • Integrity
  • Positive and Optimistic Attitude
  • Servant Leadership
  • Standards of Excellence

New poll results out today from SurveyUSA should help hurry his decision along; Murray’s job approval rating stands at 48%. Historically, Murray’s rating has stood well over 50%.

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Calling St. George

Wow, it feels like years ago that I wrote these words rather than a matter of months.

Chuck DeVore may look like your run of the mill Assemblyman from California, but I assure you, he has the heart of a dragon-slayer. Chuck has chosen to take on the daunting task of defeating Barbara Boxer in 2010 and giving conservative Californians a voice in the U.S. Senate…If you’re at all interested in politics, you probably know that Washington’s own Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, is also up for re-election in 2010 and I’m left wondering, where’s our dragon-slayer?

Here in Washington, we’ve been waiting patiently for St. George. It’s not that we have a shortage of candidates and potential candidates as Michelle Dupler writes in the Tri-Cities Herald.

Candidates who want to block a fourth Murray term include Seattle chiropractor Sean Salazar, who has family in Pasco and Kennewick, and former Tri-Citian Craig Williams, who ran for Congress against Democrat Jay Inslee in 1994 while Inslee represented central Washington and the Tri-Cities.

Add to the mix Clint Didier, a native of Eltopia and current Connell High School football coach, who announced at a recent Tea Party event that he’s forming an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of running against Murray.

A fourth opponent, Rodney Rieger, is from Marysville.

(A fifth candidate, Wayne Glover, of Spokane Valley, was not mentioned in the Herald article.)

Five men, all lacking one or more of the elements that would comprise a successful candidate. Last December, I wrote:

To mount a serious challenge to an entrenched incumbent like Patty Murray, a Republican challenger will need to be well-organized, well-financed and well-known. By starting now, that challenger could build grassroots support and momentum to carry into the campaign cycle. I don’t know who that challenger will be, I just know – we need a hero.

st-george-and-the-dragon-t11244So I’ve been waiting…and waiting…and now, apparently, I’m not the only one who is tired of waiting. Andre Van de Hert has launched a Chris Widener for Senate 2010 campaign on Facebook.

I admit, Chris Widener may not be a household name yet, but the organization he founded, Positively Republican, has gained over 150,000 Facebook followers in just ten months. That tells me there’s an audience for the upbeat conservatism he’s promoting.

What’s more, his background as a speaker and author will go a long way towards getting that message out there in a way that the average voter can understand, as well providing him with a ready-made, well-developed network of potential supporters.

I think this is an excellent development that represents the first real opportunity to stop Patty Murray from winning a fourth term as Senator from the State of Washington. If you’re interested in supporting a strong, viable challenge to Patty Murray in 2010, I’d encourage you to stop by Chris Widener for Senate 2010 and join the group to encourage Widener to run.

I hope he likes the role of hero.


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