Republican Dick Muri is within easy shouting distance of Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Tacoma in a recent SurveyUSA poll that shows the 9th Congressional District race much closer than the primary vote would have suggested.
And Roll Call is reporting that an internal poll by Democrat Denny Heck's campaign shows he is within the margin of error in his 3rd district race against Republican Jaime Herrera.
http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReportEmail.aspx?g=fb34209f-7d7f-401c-af33-0dde4011066e Here is detail from SurveyUSA’s Sept. 17 poll done for King-5 television, and here is Robert Mak's blog post on the results. Said Mak:
Roll Call's piece on the Heck-Herrera race says the poll was done for the Heck campaign by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and it noted:
Automated polls conducted by Survey USA found Herrera ahead by 13 points in August and 9 points in September. In June, a GQR poll conducted for Heck found him behind by 7 points.As the polling memo points out, Heck's positive movement occurred as outside conservative groups, including American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity, have dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV ads against him.
The recent SurveyUSA polling showed Herrera was up by a 52-43 percent margin – with Herrera slipping by 2 percentage points and Heck gaining by 2 percentage points from the SurveyUSA poll taken shortly after the Aug. 17 primary – at a time the hard-right group Americans for Prosperity was running ads linking Heck to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's agenda.
Heck led five other primary candidates in the 3rd with about 31.4 percent of the vote to Herrera’s 27.8 percent – but the three Republicans had more than 52 percent of the total votes.
Smith led three other primary candidates in the 9th with more than 51.2 percent of the vote to 25.8 percent for Muri and 19.7 percent for Republican James Postma. Green Party candidate Roy Olson had 3.3 percent.
Democrats now hold six of Washington's nine congressional seats. But other polling has showed Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert ahead in the 8th district and Republican challenger John Koster of Snohomish County leading U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen in the 2nd.
Muri's campaign put out a news release that quoted former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton as saying:
Greg Blair of the National Republican Congressional Committee said of Smith:
UPDATE on original 9:19 a.m. post:Matt Perry of Rep. Smith’s campaign took issue with the SurveyUSA poll, saying this in an email: