Republican John Koster and Democrat Darcy Burner are likely to square off in November for the Washington s 1st Congressional District, according to a new KING 5 News poll.
The 1st District seat has been vacated by Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee. He resigned from Congress and will likely advance to the general election for Washington governor to face Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican.
The first district has been re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The state will be also be adding a new 10th Congressional District.
In a survey of 456 likely primary voters in the 1st District, 46 percent said they would vote for Koster, according to the poll conducted by SurveyUSA. Burner was a distant second with 19 percent. All the other candidates were in single digits including Democrat Laura Rudeman 6 percent; Democrat Suzan DelBene 4 percent; Democrat Steve Hobbs 4 percent; Larry Ishmael 4 percent and Democrat Darshan Rauniyar 1 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided.
When talking about the general election, 661 registered voters were asked whether they would vote for Koster or Burner today. Koster leads Burner 48 percent to 39 percent. Koster also leads by double digits in head-to-head match ups against DelBene, Rudeman, Runiyar and Hobbs.
The margin is wider in the race for Governor. 52 percent of registered 1st District voters said they would choose McKenna while 38 percent would choose Inslee.
Those voters also said they would support Mitt Romney over Pres. Obama in the presidential race, 45 percent to 44 percent, but that is within the poll s margin of error.
Once again, the economy is in the forefront. 57 percent of registered 1st District voters said the economy is their top issue, followed by social issues at 16 percent, health care at 11 percent and education at 7 percent.
If Referendum 74 appears on the ballot, allowing voters to choose whether to uphold or reject Washington s new same-sex marriage law, 40 percent of the people in the 1st District said they would vote to approve it while 37 percent would reject. 23 percent were unsure. That again falls within the poll s 3.9 percent margin of error.