Her biggest lead on any challenger is just 10 points. That doesn’t bode well for her at all.
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.
Rossi, who has yet to announce whether he’s in or out of the race, picks up 46% of the vote this month, down from 49% a month ago. In the two previous surveys, Rossi has been the only Republican to earn more support than Murray. Concern about his possible candidacy has already prompted the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to begin attacking him, which may help to explain his slightly lower support this month.