A new KING 5 poll finds Republican Rob McKenna now has a double-digit lead in the race for Governor over Democrat Jay Inslee.
In a poll of 572 registered voters statewide, 49% told SurveyUSA they would vote for Attorney General McKenna, vs. 39% for Congressman Inslee. The poll reached voters on landlines and cell phones and has a margin of +/-4.2%.
A month ago, KING-TV’s tracking poll had McKenna ahead by three points. McKenna continues to have a commanding lead among men (51% to 35%), but in this latest poll, he leads narrowly among women as well (46% to 43%).
McKenna holds 92% of Republicans, while Inslee holds 84% of Democrats. Independents are a key group, and McKenna leads 48% to 34% among independents.
Another key to the race is the central Puget Sound area. Republicans don’t necessarily need to carry the Metro area to win statewide, but the KING 5 poll finds that in the King, Pierce and Snohomish region, McKenna leads by 8 points.