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WA Gov Race still close, SurveyUSA says

The latest poll in Washington's gubernatorial grudge match shows the two main candidates virtually tied, with very few voters undecided.

SurveyUSA has the race at 50 percent for Chris Gregoire, 48 percent for Dino Rossi, 1 percent for other candidates and 1 percent undecided. Margin of error is 3.7 percent, so the race is statistically tied. That's about what this polling company said a month ago, and most other polls agree. Check out a range of surveys at

This comes as the Rossi campaign is trying to lower expectations for the Aug. 19 primary, contending that turnout might be light and weighted toward so-called "perfect" voters, who they contend will break for Gregoire.

The Gregoire campaign, meanwhile, is suggesting that's a lot of hooey, because Rossi commercials are hot and heavy on the television and he's got a big get-out-the-vote push.

The good news: next Tuesday we won't have to rely on polls, at least for 24 hours, because we'll have real votes to count.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.