Raleigh, N.C. – Senator Maria Cantwell leads her real and potential Republican challengers by double digits, a new poll by Public Policy Polling finds. Cantwell leads State Senator Michael Baumgartner, her only announced challenger, 51%-36%, with 15% undecided. She leads Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant 50%-36%, and she leads perennial loser Dino Rossi 53%-41%.
Cantwell benefits from the extreme lack of name recognition among Baumgartner and Bryant. Just 8% of voters have a favorable opinion of Michael Baumgartner, with 14% unfavorable and a whopping 78% not sure. Bill Bryant is in a similar position, with just a 5% favorable rating, 10% unfavorable and 85% unsure. Dino Rossi naturally has higher name recognition, but voters just don’t like him – 50% view him unfavorably compared to 38% who view him favorably.