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.