Democrat Derek Kilmer has a strong lead over Republican Bill Driscoll in the race to represent Washington s 6th District in Congress, according to a new KING 5 News poll.

Kilmer leads Driscoll 52 percent to 37 percent, with 11 percent undecided. More than three-quarters said they were enthusiastic about their vote.

Respondents said Kilmer was closer to their position than Driscoll on the economy (42 percent to 32 percent), social issues (45 percent to 28 percent), interests of military families (36 percent to 31 percent) and the environment (44 percent to 23 percent).

The 6th District seat is being vacated by Democrat Norm Dicks, who is retiring after 36 years in Congress.

In the presidential race, President Barach Obama leads GOP challenger 54 percent to 38 percent in the district.

Fifty percent of respondents in the district said they would choose Democrat Jay Inslee for governor; 44 percent said they would vote for Republican Rob McKenna.

The survey of 628 likely voters was conducted for KING 5 between Sept. 21 and 23 by SurveyUSA. The margin of error for the head-to-head matchups was plus or minus 4 percent.

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