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Dems’ poll shows 10-point Risch lead

A new poll out today commissioned by Democratic blogger Markos Moulitsas’ Daily Kos shows Republican Jim Risch with a 10-point lead over Democrat Larry LaRocco in the Idaho Senate race, with independent Rex Rammell trailing at 5 percent. Moulitsas writes that he commissioned the poll “on a whim” after meeting LaRocco. The poll of 500 likely Idaho voters, conducted July 28-30, has a margin of error of 4.5 percent. “It was independent, it was a surprise to us,” said Dean Ferguson, spokesman for the LaRocco campaign. It shows LaRocco pulling five points closer to Risch than in LaRocco’s own poll from May. “We’re real happy to hear about that,” Ferguson said. “We’re going to come out with some TV commercials within three to four days. This is a poll that shows a tighter margin than most people thought, and this is before we’ve done any television advertising, too, so that’s significant.”

The poll also found John McCain leading Barack Obama for president in Idaho 53-37, and found 56 percent disapproval of “the job George W. Bush is doing as president.” You can read the whole thing here.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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