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July 15, 2008 7:43 AM

(Insert Texas pun here)

Posted by David Postman

After I reported yesterday that Dino Rossi was in Houston for a fundraiser, Chris Gregoire’s campaign and the Democratic Party were quick to attack the Republican candidate for traveling to the Lone Star state.

Gregoire’s campaign said:

On a day when Republican Dino Rossi headed to Houston to raise money from George Bush country, his campaign passed around a poll showing a dead heat.

And the party weighed in with:

Memo to Dino Rossi: don’t mess with Texas - unless you’re a Bush Republican in need of some big campaign cash.

But prior to Rossi’s Houston fundraiser last night, Gregoire’s Texas cash dwarfed what Rossi had gotten from there. Public Disclosure Commission records show that Gregoire has raised nearly $28,000 from Texas donors. Rossi's total: $500.

I’m sure - at least I’m sure Rossi hopes - that after last night’s fundraiser with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rossi now leads in Texas fundraising.

By the way, that poll mentioned in the Gregoire release was done by Moore Research in Portland. Blogger Daniel Kirkdorffer asked pollster Bob Moore the question that others didn’t before publicizing the results. He wanted to know specifically what question voters were asked about the governor’s race. Moore told Kirkdorffer in an e-mail the question was:

Looking ahead, if the election for Governor was held today and the candidates were (rotate names) Dino Rossi, prefers GOP party, and Christine Gregoire, prefers Democratic party, for whom would you vote?

I wonder what Rick Perry, chairman of the Prefers GOP Party Governor’s Association, thinks about Rossi’s chosen nomenclature?

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Posted by John

8:38 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Did Gregoire tally her donations from china yet?

Posted by Observer

8:51 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Why not total Gregoire's cash carry from other states/metropolitan areas, David? D.C. for instance.

Posted by private24

9:09 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Yeah, Postman, while you're "reporting" on the obvious horse race crap, Goldy at Horse's Ass is eating your lunch with stuff like the Doug Sutherland sexual harassment story, which Goldy found with a little digging into public records.

How about a follow-up on Sutherland? Or is it not news to you because some lowly blogger has scooped you?

Posted by Particle Man

10:52 AM, Jul 15, 2008

The tone of things is a bit sharp. No?
Where the candidates are fund raising is of interest.
A poll showing how voters feel about the candidates with their chosen political preferences is also of interest. The GOP dodge of party affiliation is worth 3-5% now and at the primary. By the general election Rossi will be more clearly identified as a republican regardless of what he selected to go below his name.
Right now though, the game for Rossi is to be as close to 50% as he can in the top two primary. He must show that he can crawl above his base which I am sad to say may be as high as 45%.
So the poll #'s are interesting. What would be very interesting is to see two polls taken at the same time with GOP on one and Republican on the other.

Posted by Susan

2:12 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Didn't know that about the $500 vs. $28,000 Postman! That really puts things into perspective, doesn't it! Thanks for the good info David!

Posted by John

8:25 AM, Jul 16, 2008

When this election is over and Dino is our new Gov.
It maybe interesting to see how many "d's" voted for the GOP!

We know the "d's" do not vote for the person, and have no idea who she or Dino.


Way to go GOP!!!!

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