After trailing incumbent Sen. Patty Murray in opinion polls by between 3 and 7 percentage points for the last few weeks, the latest Rasmussen poll has Republican challenger Dino Rossi ahead by the barest of margins. The results have been greeted with glee by the Rossi camp and the GOP in general, but with a spattering of polls showing everything from Rossi leading by a point to Murray up by between 1 and 15, it's not really clear what the hell is going on.
Rasmussen, so far, is the only major polling firm showing Rossi in the lead. Its latest sampling was taken Oct. 27 and shows him ahead 48 to 47 percent.
And then there's the weird ones like the recent Elway poll, which shows Murray trouncing Rossi by 15 points with 55 percent of the vote to Rossi's 40 percent. Even the more respected CNN/Time firm has Murray way ahead at 51 percent to Rossi's 43.
What seemingly all polls show is that Rossi is indeed making some inroads with voters. Whether it will be enough to overtake a Democratic Senator in a starkly blue state like Washington will depend less on who gives their information on the phone than who fills out their ovals on the ballot.