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Eye On Olympia archive for Aug. 19, 2008

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2008

Goldmark/Sutherland: Very close

Democrat Peter Goldmark, who's led incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland in campaign fundraising for months, is neck and neck with Sutherland: 49 percent to Sutherland's 50 percent. (It's closer than it sounds, due to my rounding of these percentages.)As expected, urbanites seem to…

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Rossi's slightly ahead...

Now Rossi's up by a fraction of a percent: 47.49 percent to Gregoire's 46.5 percent.He's been helped by heavy leads in rural, sparsely populated counties, primarily east of the Cascades. But Gregoire's up by nearly five percentage points in Snohomish County -- a populous battleground…

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And in Spokane...

Gregoire's beating Rossi 48 percent to 45 percent in the earliest returns. Also, local guy John Aiken Jr. can take heart: among the 8 much-lesser-known contenders for governor, he's currently in the lead, with a statewide 2 percent.

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More primary-eve predictions...

More top-two predictions from The Moderate Washingtonian blog, including NE WA races:(Central Spokane)3rd House District #1:Alex Wood [D] 55%John Waite [I] 19%(Spokane Valley area)4th House District #2:Diana Wilhite [R] 32%Tim Hattenburg [D] 29%(A crescent around western Spokane)6th House District #1:Don Barlow [D] 47%Kevin Parker [R]…

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