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June 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

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Latest Elway poll suggests Didier little threat to Rossi

Posted by Andrew Garber

Stuart Elway's latest poll shows why state political conventions aren't always the best indication of party support for candidates.

Tea party favorite Clint Didier, one of several GOP candidates running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray made a strong showing at the state convention in Vancouver over the weekend before a large crowd.

But Elway's poll, a statewide survey of 405 registered voters released on Tuesday, indicates Dino Rossi's support far outstrips that his GOP rivals. When those surveyed were asked who they backed among the four main candidates, Rossi gathered the support of 31 percent compared to just 5 percent for Didier. The poll has a 5 percent margin of error.

Didier has an endorsement from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but Rossi has two statewide gubernatorial campaigns and the name recognition that brings. Keep in mind that in 2004 and 2008, his campaigns spent a total of nearly $18 million to make him a household name. And that doesn't include millions more in independent expenditures.

In a survey question pitting just Rossi against Murray, Elway's poll indicated that Rossi was trailing Murray 40 to 47 but that the gap had closed some since his last survey.

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