For Second Month in a Row, Dino Rossi Beats Patty Murray in a Head-to-Head Matchup

Rasmussen has it at 49-46 in favor of Rossi. That’s a one-point improvement for Rossi, who was up 48-46 last month.

One problem though: He hasn’t announced he’s running as of yet.

From The Hill today:

GOP eyes Murray seat; Rossi ponders bid

No state swung for Republicans in 1994 more than Washington state. And if a GOP wave crashes again in 2010, it’s looking more likely that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) could be swept away.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) could land a big prize in two-time gubernatorial nominee Dino Rossi, who’s considering a Senate bid.

At the same time, Rossi isn’t rushing to make a decision or launch a campaign. In an interview with The Hill, he suggested that as long as he gets in before the June filing deadline, he will have what he needs to run a campaign. Rossi said he is confident that he can tap his existing donor list and raise big money fast.

“I am in no hurry,” Rossi said. “It’s the same people who are going to give the same amount in a compressed time.”

Rossi has reportedly said that he has, “$40 million invested in name recognition in this state,” so it’s little wonder why he doesn’t seem worried about being able to compete with Murray if he does indeed choose to run.

That’s far from a certainty, however.

From the end of the Hill article:

One source said that on a scale of 10, with 10 being most likely to run, Rossi was likely at a 3, but could be a 4 or 5.

“Six or eight weeks ago, he was definitely not thinking about running for U.S. Senate,” the source said. “But given how things have gone in Washington, D.C., and the polls that show him ahead now, he’s got to think about it.”

We’ll see what happens in the next couple of months…

Patty Murray and Dino Rossi


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