New poll shows tie in governor’s race

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey, released today, shows Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire and Republican opponent Dino Rossi tied 48% to 48% tie in the governors race.  That’s a marked improvement for Gregoire over the last Rasmussen poll, which showed Rossi leading by a 52% to 46% margin.

I suppose I should be cheered by the trend, but this race really shouldn’t be this close, this close to election day.  I guess lying and cheating is a good strategy.

In the presidential race, Rasmussen shows Barack Obama regaining a double-digit lead, 53% to 43% over John McCain, after last month’s survey showed the race narrowing to within an unlikely two point margin.


  1. 1

    GBS spews:

    This is a funny state. I’ve lived here for about 11 years and I’ve never seen more ticket splitting in my life.

    I guess that shows more people here vote for the person instead of the party, but sheeez, give me a break Repubicans have been screwing everything up for the past 8 years.

    Why do you guys keep voting for moronic Republicans??????

  2. 5

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    IF McCain gets a bounce where he closes the gap in Washington to 7 points, Rossi will win.
    I still think this will be a 1 point contest…either way.
    I’m not quite as sure of a Gregoire route as our Richard Pope (you know, the guy who ran against Gregoire for AG and pointed out reems of incompetence by Gregoire and later actually sued Gregoire….but not supports her!)
    That Richard Pope.
    He’s flip=flopped again and is now just one of the KLOWNS!
    Richard is interesting and might I add, quirky & unpredictable!

  3. 6

    busdrivermike spews:

    From Rich “Mr. Palinwhipped” Lowry

    “I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.”

    Yes, when she farts, the scents of roses fill the room. She is the lady of the lake, infusing the air with freedom simply by exhaling. Her vagina is the burning bush that Moses knew to be God. She should be sent to Afghanistan, so the Taliban could be awed by her sheer wonder, dropping their weapons in fear.

    Other than that, she is just like you and me.

    Well…..maybe you. I know something about foreign policy, and that Harry Potter is not evil, even if his power of Parseltongue makes him the only one who could theoretically understand what Palin says.

  4. 7

    busdrivermike spews:

    Is Rossi still in the Republican Party, or just in the GOP now?

    GOP….Grand Old Philistines

  5. 8

    Steve spews:

    @7 He’s in whatever party the BIAW tells him he’s in. This year, the BIAW tells him he’s in the Grand Old Party party (GOPP).

  6. 9

    Jerry spews:

    the lawsuit announced today is an Ace for The Dems – this is a sunshine good govt. state – could give Gregoire a point or two

    Rossi is such a dupe – Gregoire has no charisma but in the coming depression I think she will perform well – down and dirty Chrissy – yes – cutting back big time

    the shortfall will be 5 billion by Jan.

  7. 10

    busdrivermike spews:

    Is the GOPP the same one that people with bladder control problems belong to, since they need to GO PP all the time?

  8. 11

    mark spews:

    Rossi did the GOP thing just to irritate
    those tiny little democrat brains and it
    worked just as planned. So funny.

  9. 12

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    9. Jerry spews:
    “the lawsuit announced today is an Ace for The Dems – this is a sunshine good govt. state”

    It is??
    You might tell the State Supreme Court that with their 3 anti-open government decisions the newspapers were screaming about a couple years ago Jerry.

  10. 13

    Upton spews:

    C’mon Christine send Mr BIAW back to wherever he came from.

    Actually, I’ve been somewhat heartened lately as the Gregoire campaign is showing signs of life.

  11. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Democracy is messy because stupid people get to vote. In a reasonable world, the poll would be Gregoire 100% – Rossi 0%. In fact, if Rossi was honest, he’d admit he’s not qualified to be governor and would vote for Gregoire.

  12. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 “Vote Dino Rossi or hide your wallet”

    Please explain how Dino can build a larger 520 bridge for $1 billion less, and build more roads without raising taxes?

    (Hint: He’s lying to you. If Dino gets elected you’d better really hide your wallet!)

  13. 17

    proud leftist spews:

    Idiocy is a plus for Republican politicians. Idiocy permits Republican politicians to connect with their base. I want those who lead our city, state, nation to be smarter than me. Republicans just want someone who talks like them. What the hell happened to the smart wing of the GOP?

  14. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 “Other than that, she is just like you and me.”

    Yes, if your household has a net worth of $1.2 million and makes $240,000 a year. Yep, the Palins are “folks” just like the rest of us … if you’re rich like them.

  15. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 “You might tell the State Supreme Court that with their 3 anti-open government decisions the newspapers were screaming about a couple years ago Jerry.”

    At least one of those decisions protected attorney work product. Would you like ambulance chasers to find out what you told your attorney?

  16. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @17 “What the hell happened to the smart wing of the GOP?”

    What smart wing of the GOP? There never was one. They’ve been duped by the likes of Joe McCarthy since before we were born.

  17. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Given that Republicans are America’s criminal class, it should come as no surprise that Cindy McCain is a convicted felon. She was charged with multiple counts of prescription drug forgery and copped a plea that allowed her to avoid jail time.

    Meanwhile, the whistleblower who turned her in was fired from his job, and when he sued McCain for wrongful termination and tendered a settlement offer, was threatened with criminal prosecution for extortion.

    Republicans: Laws are only for the little people.

  18. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    McCain Drug Abuse Coverup

    Raw Story details how Senator McCain used his influence to cover up his wife’s criminal behavior to protect his political career:

    “Tom Gosinski, a former employee of the medical-aid charity Cindy McCain used as [a]personal supplier of Percocet and Vicodin, is speaking out publicly for the first time.

    “On Wednesday, Gosinski sat down with RAW STORY and other outlets to tell his story and distribute copies of his personal journal ….’

    “‘My journal wasn’t to trash Cindy or anything,’ he says. ‘My journal was kept because I came in contact with so many people. It was a way of keeping an ongoing biography of all the people I met, so I could refer back to it.’

    “He says he can’t buy the official McCain camp line that Cindy’s drug abuse was kept from her husband ….

    “‘I have always wondered why John McCain has done nothing to fix the problem,’ Gosinski wrote on July 27, 1992. ‘He must either not see that a problem exists or does not choose to do anything about it.’ Less than a month later, Gosinski was clearer about McCain’s knowledge of his wife’s problem: ‘John McCain has known about it for some time,’ he wrote on Aug. 14.

    “In confessing to her drug abuse in orchestrated interviews with friendly journalists in 1994, Cindy McCain said she had kept her problem hidden from her husband and sought treatment at some point in 1992.

    “Questions remain about the validity of those assurances, and Gosinski’s contemporary journal shares a story suggesting John McCain knew of his wife’s problem earlier than anyone has suggested.

    “In an Oct. 5, 1992, entry, Gosinski writes about a story that circulated just a few days after Cindy McCain’s parents, Jim and Smitty Hensley, confronted her about her drug abuse.

    “‘Last Friday, late in the afternoon …(Cindy’s aunt) was visiting with Dalton Smith, the Hensley’s Pilot about … confronting Cindy about her drug problem. During the conversation Dalton mentioned an incident which took place a couple of years ago — Cindy had taken too many pills and had been rushed to a hospital near their home on Oak Creek. John McCain was rushed to the hospital and rather than helping Cindy obtain help he had her dismissed from the hospital and taken to the Cabin. … I doubt that Jim and Smitty will ever be able to respect John McCain again.’

    Even now, … Gosinski says he’s not convinced that Cindy has cleaned herself up. Asked if her behavior in public and on the campaign trail this year mirrored his experiences in 1992, Gosinski agreed. ‘ … I would say yes,’ he said in an interview. …

    “From July 2, 1992, until Gosinski’s termination the following January, he … becomes convinced she is using the charity more for self-promotion than as a means to aid the poor. ‘I have mixed emotions about what I believe should happen to AVMT,’ Gosinski wrote in one of his last journal entries in December 1992. ‘It does not deserve to continue to exist as it is currently being operated — it is a very expensive toy for a very disturbed lady. Cindy has use (sic) the organization for self-promotion and as a source for the drugs to which she is addicted.’

    “Gosinski, who believes he was fired because he had learned too much about McCain’s drug abuse, says he has remained quiet out of fear of retribution from John McCain or his political allies. After he was fired from AVMT, Gosinski, a lifelong Republican, says he was ‘black balled’ from future political jobs. …

    “‘I think everybody knows that John McCain has a volatile … temper,’ Gosinski said Wednesday. ‘ … They certainly tried to mess with [my life] 15 years ago by making me unemployable and ruining my opportunity for a job in Republican politics in Arizona.’

    “Gosinski was fired after he complained about prescriptions Cindy McCain had ordered in his name, and he approached the DEA with a ‘what if’ scenario asking whether he could be held liable for not coming forward with information about the drug thefts. …

    “Gosinski details a conversation with Jeri Johnson, Cindy McCain’s aunt, regarding Cindy’s nanny, Diane, in a July 28, 1992 entry. … ‘Diane … told Jeri that she is concerned that Cindy is giving the kids drugs which unnecessarily sedate them. I hope that is not happening.’

    “Concerns that Cindy McCain is … drugging her children appear again in a July 31 entry — ‘Cari (Cindy’s adopted daughter) told the three that she fears Cindy gives the kids prescription drugs they do not need,’ Gosinski wrote.

    “As summer turns toward autumn, the charity becomes an outgrowth of John McCain’s senate re-election campaign, with travel and scheduling coordinated by aides on his campaign and senate staffs, Gosinski writes. ‘I have never been so aware of the amount of insincerity behind a political campaign as I am now with John McCain’s reelection campaign,’ he writes on Sept. 3, 1992. ‘Everything Cindy McCain does is politically motivated ….'”

    (Quoted under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: See the Republican patterns here? Drug abuse. Breaking the law. Getting special treatment from prosecutors. Retaliating against whistleblowers. Coverups and keeping the media quiet. And drugging her own kids, for Christ’s sakes! Yes, being rich and powerful comes with special privileges the Democrat-voting working class doesn’t get. But my question is, why would anyone working class voter vote for these people? I understand why other rich Republicans would vote for them — to get their special tax breaks and government subsidies and preferential treatment by law enforcement, of course — but why would any ordinary citizen vote for them?!!

  19. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The electoral vote map keeps getting worse for the McSame/Nobody ticket. Since Oct. 1 Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have all moved from the “tossup” column to “leaning Obama” and the Democratic ticket now leads by over 100 EVs, 264 – 163, with 111 “tossups”.

    According to RCP, if the election were held today, Obama/Biden would defeat McSame/Nobody by 353 – 185 with Florida, Ohio, and Nevada having flipped from the GOP ticket to the Democrats since Oct. 1, and North Carolina and Virginia having flipped to Obama late last month.

    RCP’s EV maps are based on composite polling data that averages several prominent national polls, and the current maps do not yet reflect the effect of Biden’s crushing defeat of Palin in yesterday’s veep debate.

  20. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The Significance Of Michigan

    The biggest campaign news yesterday was not Biden’s crushing defeat of Palin in the veep debate, but the revelation that McSame is pulling out of Michigan — conceding its 17 electoral votes to Obama.

    Michigan was the only 2004 “blue” state that McSame had any chance of prying loose from the Democrats’ grip. In a close race, its 17 EVs are a lush, if not crucial, prize.

    Kerry won 251 EVs in 2004. This year, Obama leads in two 2004 “red” states — Iowa and New Mexico — by 10% and 8%, respectively. There is little chance McSame can reclaim those states. Combined with the other Kerry states — Obama leads in all of them — they would bring Obama’s EV total to 263, only 7 EVs short of victory. That means an Obama victory in any one of 5 other states — Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, or Colorado — would put Obama over the top. Obama currently leads in all 5 of those states.

    A Michigan victory would have given McSame badly needed breathing space. Less than a month ago, he was only 2% behind there. But the latest polls show Obama leading in Michigan by margins of 10% to 13% — fallout, no doubt, from the Bush Economic Meltdown.

    So what does a GOP victory scenario look like without Michigan? Well, let’s look at how McSame is redeploying the resources he pulled from Michigan. He’s investing that money and staff in four Kerry states: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Hampshire — plus Maine.

    But Obama currently leads in all four of those Kerry states, and the only one easier for McCain to take than Michigan is New Hampshire, which has only 4 EVs.

    If Obama wins Iowa, Colorado, and New Mexico, but McSame holds onto Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina and takes New Hampshire, the result is a 269 – 269 tie. That’s not good enough for McSame because a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives would then pick the next president. That’s where Maine comes in.

    Maine awards its EVs by congressional district. If the other states lined up as above a McSame victory in only one of Maine’s four districts would put McSame in the White House. Maine is a solid-blue state. But McSame doesn’t have to win the state. He’s targeting Maine’s 2nd CD, where Kerry won by 52% – 46%. That’s a stretch — a 6-point spread — but without Michigan it’s the best option McSame has. Or, at least, that’s what he and his strategists think. And it doesn’t work if McSame loses in even one of the several 2004 “red” states in which Obama now has taken healthy, if not commanding, leads.

    And this EV map doesn’t yet fully reflect the impact of the Wall Street bailout or Palin’s disastrous debate performance. I say “disastrous” because a lot of swing voters who find her charming are coming to the realization that she doesn’t know squat about foreign affairs, the economy, or getting things done in Congress, and are beginning to think more seriously about their voting priorities as we close in on the election with only 30 days to go.

    This shows how tall a mountain the McSame/Nobody ticket has to climb. I sure wouldn’t put any money on a GOP victory. You America-hating fascist traitor trolls shouldn’t, either.

    Unless you hate your money.

  21. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The most Republicans can get out of this election is holding onto the White House, which increasingly looks like an impossibly long shot. There is no way they will control Congress in January.

    What would a divided government under McSame and a Democratic congress mean?

    The most Republicans could acheive would be preventing Obama’s agenda from being enacted, of course, and blocking the congressional Democrats’ agenda through prolific use of the veto. In other words, deadlock.

    From the GOP’s point of view, blocking the Democrats is something of a win. But for the country, it would be a disaster.

    Any swing voter thinking about voting for McCain needs to consider this: A GOP White House win means 4 years of government gridlock and nothing getting done. An Obama win means addressing the nation’s pressing needs can go forward.

    This is a no-brainer. No responsible voter can possibly hope for a McCain win. We probably don’t have to worry about that very much, but nevertheless, the undecideds have a clear responsibility here to their country and their neighbors — and to themselves and their own families — to vote for Obama. Under present circumstances, a vote for McCain is unpatriotic.

  22. 27

    zapporo spews:

    Thank goodness for fictitious, fabricated and dead people in King County and the Indian tribes. This state would be in deep guacamole if it were not for those folks coming to Chris’ rescue.

    Here’s a prediction:

    Chris Gregoire will win King County this year with 110% of the King County population of actual people, giving her a second term in the Governor’s office. Due to WA state WASL scores, this is entirely possible.

    However, in a surprise move, Dino Rossi will accidentally spill a glass of water on her and Chris will go up in smoke, taking her flying monkeys with her.

  23. 28

    K spews:

    Yeah, zap, review the trial where Dino picked the venue, and the result was a finding that where there were votes from the dead, they went to Dino.

  24. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @27 After 2 weeks of trial and the expenditure of $2 million on Washington’s best lawyers, the GOP failed to prove that Gov. Gregoire received any votes from felons, dead people, or fictitious people in 2004. On the other hand, the GOP’s hand-picked Republican judge in their forum-shopped Republican county did find that Dino Rossi received 4 fraudulent votes.

    In addition, of 10 ineligible felon voters interviewed by newspapers who were willing to reveal who they voted for, 9 voted for Rossi. According to this statistical sampling, which is the only one we have, 90% of the felon voters in 2004 voted for Rossi, giving him literally hundreds of additional illegal votes.

  25. 30

    YLB spews:

    27 – We remember you silly man. You were so full of yourself the night before Bridges’ decision.

    Thanks for returning – chock full of the same old batshit insane nonsense. We’re looking forward to seeing you humiliated again.

  26. 31

    Mark1 spews:

    12 posts out of 30 total as of 12:02 A.M. Sat. 10/4/08 as I go to bed by Roger “Straight Jacket” and “King of O.C.D.” Rodent. Shocker.

    Original thread by: Goldy.

    Common denominator: Goldy, YLB, and Roger: Gainful employment eludes.

    Opinions on gov’t/taxes: All three to be determined to be irrelvant and meaningless, not to mention hypocritical.

    Side note 1: “Steve”- Who is still trying to figure out what “RCW” means and the laws thereof regarding his fascination with goats and beastiality.

    Side note 2: Goldy continues to pull his pud over ditzy blondes that are unqualified for any type of public office in hopes of getting laid soon; as all the cat-houses in King Co. have thrown him out (even with a Benjamin in hand).
    8==) = (( ))

    Enough truth for one night. ‘Night all. I’ll look forward to your fairy tales and delusions in the morn. :)

  27. 32

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Our good buddy Rog, as much as I enjoy him, has a Sybil-syndrome and enjoys posting under other people’s monikors…or inventing new ones…like Steve.

    Rog has health problems which is too bad.
    His meds cause delusional, compulsive actions like multiple ID’s on HorsesAss.
    Feel for the creature Mark1.
    He is a very ill man.

  28. 33

    zapporo spews:

    spewage @30 – I am truly contrite. I have learned my lesson. I will never again doubt the ability of the King County political Democratic machine to steal an election.

    No matter what happens, no matter how people vote, Christine Gregoire will win. I would imagine that must be an entirely comforting thought to you.

  29. 34

    SeattleJew spews:

    Patriotism Means Making a Choice

    John McCain, the hero I once admired, usually addresses his supporters by saying, “Friends …” In that spirit,

    “friends, I come not to praise John McCain but to grieve over what he has become.

    If my metaphor seems to conflate the Shakespearean picture of Marcus Anthony with our current world, the issue is the same .. our Republic is at risk. The advent of Palin shows that the once noble Republican Party, the defenders of the Union and visionaries of the birth of the US as a world power, is NOW in the hands of a radical fringe 4R party, the Radical Republican Religious Remnant.

    One lesson from Anthony’s speech is local, Dino Rossi must leave the stage if the Republic is to survive.

    Rossi’s election or failure to be elected will not determine the fate of our Republic. He is, however, a footsoldier in a movement as important as the one that led Caesar’s best friends to turn against their hero. Anthony spoke at the funeral of a noble man, a person many saw as the essence of Rome … a hero. The conspirators killed Caesar not because they did not admire the man, but because they saw that his leadership, like that in later years of Augustus, Mohamed, Napoleon, Crazy Horseor Mao would undermine the ideal of the very society the leader represented.

    In our own local election, Dino Rossi is a competent man, good politician, and possibly the next Governor despite Obams’ a likely win.

    Rossi must lose.

  30. 35

    Concerned Democrat spews:

    I’m very concerned about Rossi winning. The big question I often hear is “where’s the Gregoire’s campaign?” The perception among supporters of hers that I know is that her campaign has been entirely too low key. I’ve also heard complaints about sloppy organization in her campaign, e.g., someone forgetting to order signs in time for a major union event.

    Goldy, I hope you’ll ask some questions . . . and light a fire under the campaign. I’d also encourage you to focus more attention on this race than national politics; too many people have been distracted. That could translate into a loss that we all will deeply regret.