Eye On Olympia

FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2005, 3:50 P.M.

Poll raises GOP Senate hopes…

At first we thought we were reading an old George-Nethercutt-for-Senate press release. On Wednesday, supporters of GOP maybe-candidate-for-Senate Mike McGavick sent out a press release touting a poll saying that Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell's yes votes are "well below the 50 percent mark, at 46 percent."

Sure, that sounds like an uncomfortable spot for a seasoned incumbent with strong name recognition. But flash back to a year ago, when Cantwell's fellow senator, Democrat Patty Murray, was the subject of similar press releases by Republicans. Murray's numbers, according to the same Strategic Vision polling firm, were 49 percent in August, and 48 percent in September. Still, she beat the GOP's George Nethercutt handily.

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