Republican challenger Dino Rossi has edged slightly ahead of incumbent Democrat Patty Murray in Washington’s U.S. Senate race.A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Washington shows Rossi with 49% of the vote, while Murray’s support stands at 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
Rossi is also fortifying his campaign war chest entering the race's homestretch, which should worry incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D) for a few reasons:
Dino Rossi took in $4.4 million for his U.S. Senate campaign during the third quarter, outpacing the $3.3 million that Sen. Patty Murray added to her re-election coffers during the same period.
Rossi's campaign released the tally Thursday, ahead of the Oct. 15 reporting deadline to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Murray's campaign provided a preliminary total on request.
Rossi, a Republican, now has raised a total of $5.8 million in his bid to unseat his three-term Democratic rival. But Murray had a big head start in fundraising, with $6 million in unspent campaign contributions when Rossi made his candidacy official in late May.
Reminder: This is a race RCP still has listed as a Democrat hold, while their overall projection shows a 50-50 Senate split. Dude, is this happening?