According to the latest Elway Poll, US Sen. Patty Murray has a double-digit lead over all potential Republican challengers, including two-time gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, who was the only potential or declared challenger to break 30 percent.

Rossi has not yet said whether he will enter the race against Murray, but the latest numbers are bad news---in a head-to-head matchup against Murray, Rossi polled at 34 percent to Murray's 51 percent, not far ahead of state Sen. Don Benton (R-17), who plans to run to the right of Rossi.

According to the poll analysis, "Any Republican challenger would have to capture all the Republican voters, all the Republican “leaners,” all of the undecided and 2/3 of the Murray “leaners” just to get to 50%."



Murray fared best among Democrats, King County voters, voters with household incomes over $75,000, baby boomers, and women.

Full numbers after the jump.

In all cases, the remaining voters were undecided.

Patty Murray 51 percent
Dino Rossi 34 percent

Patty Murray 51 percent
Don Benton 27 percent

Patty Murray 50 percent
Paul Akers 26 percent

Patty Murray 50 percent
Clint Didier 24 percent

MURRAY
DIDIER
50%
24%
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