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New Poll Spells Bad News for Longtime Democratic Senator

A new poll released this week shows the U.S. Senate race in Washington is neck-and-neck between Democratic incumbent Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent, Republican Tiffany Smiley.

The poll released by The Trafalgar Group on Saturday shows that 49.4 percent of 1,200 likely voters support Murray while 48.2 percent are in favor of Smiley. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. Less than 3 percent of voters said they were undecided.


Broken down by political party, 44.2 percent of respondents were Democrats, 33.4 percent were Republicans, and 22.4 percent said they belong to no party or “other.”

In the survey, 46.9 percent of respondents were men and 53.1 percent were women. Over 80 percent were white.

Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992. The New York Times published a report on Thursday showing that Murray is facing a “stiff challenge” from Smiley.

“We need Democrats to vote,” Murray told the Times. The report noted that she’s been trying to “ward off complacency” within her party.

“We are a Democratic state,” Murray reportedly told a group at a “pro-choice, pro-Patty, pro-coffee” event at a local Seattle coffee shop. “If people vote.”

“Ms. Smiley has out-raised the incumbent senator and polls have tightened in recent weeks, rattling some Democrats,” the report added. Smiley would be the state’s first Republican senator in more than 20 years if she were to win.

Reportedly, Democrats have considered Washington a “safely Democratic seat until this month.” Vice President Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have come out to rally supporters for the incumbent.

Murray has focused on abortion on her campaign, though several polls have shown that abortion is not a top issue for voters.

Angela Dabb, a small business owner who is supporting Smiley, told the Times that “[Smiley’s] probably the one and only person in the state who can beat Patty Murray.”

  • Clarke says:

    Wow. Talk about “looking the part “.
    What ever happened to the “summer of love” imbecile? Probably still there, but keeping a low profile.

    Hoping for the best for the good citizens of WA state. Hopefully, not too many will succumb to the old “the Devil you know my be better than the one you don’t” adage. The effects of extended Stockholm syndrome is hard to reverse.

  • Czb says:

    I live in WA and this old used up swamp creature needs to be removed from politics, just like J Inslee they haven destroyed this state.

  • Sicsam says:

    Patty Murray looks like an 85-year-old woman…She looks like a hag and the haircut…when was the last time she went to the beauty shop? She needs a cosmetic makeover, so she doesn’t look dead.
    She never did say anything about crime until; this last week…

  • Crash says:

    Good luck Washington, I hope you get Smiley!



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