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Rasmussen: Rossi 49%, Murray 46%

11:49 AM, Oct 8, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Republican challenger Dino Rossi has edged slightly ahead of incumbent Democrat Patty Murray in Washington’s U.S. Senate race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Washington shows Rossi with 49% of the vote, while Murray’s support stands at 46%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided. (To see question wording, click here.) 

However, the race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings

A week ago, the candidates were in a virtual tie as they have been through much of the year, with Rossi earning 48% to Murray’s 47%.  Still, Murray’s support has fallen from a high earlier last month of 51%, while Rossi's appears to be trending up slightly.

Murray leads Rossi by 0.5% in the RCP average of polls. If the GOP holds onto the seats it has and wins the 9 Democratic Senate seats where Republicans are currently leading, and takes Washington, Republicans would win control of the Senate with 51 seats.

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