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Undecided Washington Voters
Fri October 26, 2012
Still Undecided Voters Could Decide Wash. Governor's Race
As they make up their minds over the next week-and-a-half, undecided voters could decide the outcome of Washington’s race for governor. Recent polls show 7 to 8 percent of the Washington electorate is still on the fence – at least when it comes to who should be the next governor.
Longtime pollster Stuart Elway describes a composite of the undecided voter in Washington’s governor’s race: A self-identified independent over age 50, female and living in Eastern Washington.
Elway says women voters are often late deciders. They also make up the majority of the electorate in Washington. And it’s these holdouts who could determine whether Republican Rob McKenna or Democrat Jay Inslee becomes Washington’s next governor.
“At this point it’s hard to say what’s going to tip somebody one way or another after an intense campaign that’s been going on for almost two years," Elway says. "If you can unlock that, you win.”
Elway cautions not all undecideds will cast a vote in the governor’s race. That means turnout is key for the candidates.
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