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Wed., Oct. 22, 2008, 9:59 a.m.

Elway poll again says Gregoire’s way up over Rossi…

Boy, the November election is turning into something of a referendum on independent pollster Stu Elway's methodology. Elway's latest and apparently last poll in the governor's race shows Gov. Chris Gregoire way ahead of challenger Dino Rossi, 51 percent to 39 percent.

That's similar to a poll Elway did in July, which showed Gregoire with 52 percent to Rossi's 36 percent.

Polls like SurveyUSA and Strategic Vision have tended to show the race much closer, with the candidates typically 1-3 points apart for months. Rassmussen's been more varied, showing Gregoire up 52 to 44 in July and then down, 46 to 52, in September.

If you can't get enough of all that, here's Real Clear Politics' list of polls and results in the race this year.

Elways says his poll questions are more nuanced, with more room for how voters are leaning. And he uses human phone interviewers, rather than automated "robo-calls."

Lots of other interesting data in the new poll for initiatives, etc. The Tacoma News-Tribune's Joe Turner's already written all that for me, however, and here it is.

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