OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Election Day nears, the race for Washington governor is dead even according to a recent poll conducted from Oct. 28-21 by SurveyUSA for KGW’s sister station KING 5 in Seattle.
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Republican Rob McKenna is the Attorney General of Washington and graduate of the University of Washington. A statement on McKenna’s website said, “he will take [Washington] in a new direction, promoting excellence in public schools, helping innovative businesses create jobs and reforming state government.”
Democrat Jay Inslee was the United States Representative for Washington’s 1st district until March of 2012 when he resigned to run for governor. Inslee is also a graduate of the University of Washington. Inslee said his key mission is to create a stronger and growing economy for Washington. He said he also wants to make Wash. a hub of clean energy and create more innovative schools.
McKenna has raised a total of about $13.4 million this election cycle, ahead of Inslee's $11.7 million. Meanwhile, outside groups have spent more money on negative campaigning in opposition of McKenna than Inslee by a margin of $8.2 million to $7.6 million.