Wash. Governor Race

Northwest News
5:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

First Debate May Leave First Impression With Voters

Democrat Jay Inslee (L) and Republican Rob McKenna squared off in the first debate in the Washington governor's race.
Northwest News Network

The campaigns for Washington governor are heading into the dog days of summer now that the candidates survived their first, formal debate. That means a return to fundraising and retail level campaigning.

Polls show Washington’s race for governor is close. According to Real Clear Politics, Republican Rob McKenna averages just a 3.5 point advantage over Democrat Jay Inslee. This week’s debate in Spokane between the two candidates could help Inslee with statewide name recognition. The former Congressman is up against a well known two-term Attorney General. David Nice teaches politics at Washington State University. He says an early debate can also plant a seed with voters.

Read more