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WASHINGTON – With two weeks to go, the Washington state U.S. Senate race is a virtual dead heat, with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray holding a 1-point lead, 48 percent to 47 percent, over Republican challenger Dino Rossi among likely voters, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Tuesday. The outcome could determine whether Republicans pick up the 10 seats they need to regain control of the Senate.
Patty Murray and Dino Rossi continued their war of words over tax cuts, federal spending and health care Sunday as they debated a second and final time before next month’s election. Murray and other Democrats are about to drive the country over a financial cliff, Rossi warned. Rossi and other Republicans want to take the country back to the failed polices of the Bush administration, Murray said.
One of the downsides of being a panelist in a political debate is that people always ask “Who won?” That happened after Thursday’s debate between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi, and my answer was: “I don’t know.”
The first debate between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican opponent Dino Rossi came down to who’s to blame for the sluggish economy. Murray, a Democrat running for a fourth term, warned that a vote for Rossi would reverse progress.
The first debate between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican opponent Dino Rossi came down to who’s to blame for the current sluggish economy.
Police arrested a man around 5 p.m. Thursday outside KSPS studios after he drove by a group of Sen. Patty Murray supporters waving a meat cleaver. Johnny J. Sieler, 50, first drove by the group with a knife, shouting profanities about Murray. He upgraded his weapon to a meat cleaver and drove by a second time, according to Spokane police.
With all the shrill attack ads savaging Democrat Patty Murray as an incompetent spendthrift or Republican Dino Rossi as a slippery bagman, it’s pretty easy to forget the two candidates for Senate have some common traits. Both had hardscrabble beginnings, growing up in large Catholic families without much money. Murray’s father was a World War II vet left jobless by multiple sclerosis; she volunteered at a Veterans Administration hospital. Rossi’s parents were teachers; he waxed floors to work his way through college.
As a three-term incumbent Democrat in a state that supported Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore, Patty Murray theoretically should have an easy time winning a fourth term. But elections aren’t about theory, and Washington’s Senate race is anything but easy for Murray or Republican challenger Dino Rossi.
President Obama will return to Washington next week to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election.