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Cantwell's Troubles Continue

A new Rasmussen poll shows Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell continuing to struggle in her reelection bid, now leading Republican Mike McGavick by only 4 points, 44-40. Zogby's latest has Cantwell up 5 points, 48-43, but also shows the race tightening.

Like Hillary Clinton, Cantwell continues to pay for her unwillingness to recant support for the Iraq war and to call for a withdrawal of U.S. forces. Like Hillary, Cantwell was recently booed by activists at the state party convention. University of Washington Political Science Professor David Olson points out the obvious in the Seattle PI today, "Any time you see the incumbent booed and party stalwarts having to intervene to turn those dissident voices off, that's not good."