As reported by The Stranger, the poll sampled 900 likely voters in the 8th Congressional District and is the only independent poll in the district so far — and the most significant development in this race.
The poll tested head-to-head matchups with each Democrat against Republican Dino Rossi and confirmed that only Jason can beat Dino Rossi in the general election:
A poll from a national Democratic group shows former King County prosecutor Jason Rittereiser defeating Republican Dino Rossi by three points in a head-to-head race to replace Congressman Dave Reichert in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, according to four people briefed on the results.
Jason carried the district by making huge gains among independent voters to beat Dino 50-47. The Stranger reported the poll showing Jason’s path to victory runs through appealing to independent voters:
All sources said Rittereiser’s gains came largely from Independents, and two sources specifically said Rittereiser saw the biggest gains among women who identify as Independents.
Neither of the other two Democratic candidates were able to win over this critical bloc of swing voters, even after those voters heard positive information about each of the other Democrats and negative information about Dino.
“This independent poll confirms what we’ve known since the start of this campaign,” Jason said. “This is going to be a close election, and we’ll need the support of independent voters from both sides of the mountains to elect the first Democrat in this district’s history.”