Six months ago, no one could have even imagined that a Republican would have a chance of winning a Senate race in Washington State.
Now with just over two weeks to go to the midterms, Republican Tiffany Smiley is coming closer than anyone would have thought.
Democrat Patty Murray still has the lead, but Smiley is still closing the gap.
The Seattle Times reports:
Patty Murray still leads but Tiffany Smiley closes gap in new WA Poll
The new WA Poll shows Murray, who is seeking a sixth term, at about the same level of support she had in both the July survey and in the August primary election. Murray is at 49% in the new poll, was at 51% in July and won 52% in the primary.
But the new poll shows substantial gains for Smiley, who seems to have consolidated conservative voters after advancing through the 18-person primary. Smiley is at 41% now, was at 33% in July and won 34% in the primary.
Smiley has also taken a 50% to 34% lead among voters who identify as independent. The July poll found a dead heat among independents, with 38% for each candidate.
The poll’s results show the state of the race as ballots are being mailed out throughout the state, ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
Murray has held a lead in every public poll, but her lead in the polling average, as measured by FiveThirtyEight, has decreased from around 15 points in July to about 11 points now.
Smiley is working hard to earn the votes of the people of Washington.
Washingtonians from every corner of our great state are fired up about this year’s election. With the rising cost of living & surging crime in our communities, voters here are ready for change!
So great to be back in Southeastern Washington last night for another packed event! pic.twitter.com/hR2qNLNleN
— Tiffany Smiley (@SmileyForWA) October 22, 2022
It was an absolute honor to join @LCRofWashington tonight in Seattle!
When I am in the Senate, I will fight every day for EVERY Washingtonian’s life, liberty & pursuit of happiness! pic.twitter.com/F8zJcBeBHy
— Tiffany Smiley (@SmileyForWA) October 23, 2022
Can Smiley close the deal here? This will be a race to watch.