Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's final Washington poll finds a very close race for Governor, with Democrat Jay Inslee leading Republican Rob McKenna 50-48. Although the margins have been close, Inslee has led all 4 polls we've conducted in Washington since Labor Day.
If Inslee does indeed emerge as the winner on Tuesday it will be because he was able to unify the Democratic base strongly around him. McKenna actually has a 53-42 lead with independents. But for a Republican to win in a blue state like Washington requires a healthy amount of crossover support as well and McKenna's not getting that- Inslee leads 92/6 with Democratic voters.
Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 53-46 in the state. Although Obama's not at any real risk of losing it this is the 5th blue state along with Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Oregon where we've found him doing 10 points worse or more than he did in 2008.