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Latest Fox News poll has Rossi leading Murray by a hair

The newest Fox News poll of the U.S. Senate race in Washington State finds Republican challenger Dino Rossi leading incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D) by one point, 47-46. The weekly tracking poll – taken October 9th by Pulse Opinion from 1,000 likely voters and having a margin of error of three points – offers more reasons to believe that momentum is shifting to Rossi as the race comes down to its critical phase.

From the Fox News article:

A new Fox News poll shows Republican Dino Rossi with a 1-point lead over incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in what promises to be one of the hottest contests of the fall.

Though Rossi’s lead is well within the poll’s margin of error, it’s further proof that the race is heading down to the wire. Rossi’s 47 percent to 46 percent advantage among likely voters is a 3-point swing from the first Fox News poll, conducted Sept. 25, when Murray led by 1 point.

Murray’s sagging poll numbers in recent weeks may be the cause for a second presidential visit to rally supporters to elect her to a fourth term in the Senate. Pres. Barack Obama and Murray have scheduled an event on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington for October 21, next Thursday.

Obama also headlined a fundraiser for Murray in July and Vice President Joe Biden flew in and out of Seattle’s Boeing Field just last Friday – the day before this latest Fox poll was taken – for a similar event held in Tacoma.

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[Cross-posted by author from Red County.]

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