President Obama need not lie awake at night worrying about winning the hearts of voters of Washington state — and he doesn’t. But if he is keeping count, with a big performance and national gut check looming in Tuesday evening’s debate, he is a mere 14 points ahead in our state. That compares to his 20-point lead a few weeks ago — before the first debate.
The latest KING TV SurveyUSA poll shows that if the election were held today, or, more precisely, Oct. 12 through 14, when the poll was conducted, Obama would win 54 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Mitt Romney.
For a little context, the president won Washington in 2008 by 17 points against John McCain.
The poll includes 543 likely voters from around the state and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. Voters were contacted on landlines, smartphones, tablets or other electronic devices.