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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Hillary Clinton easily leads Donald Trump in Washington State, new NPI poll finds

Pre­sump­tive Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton has a dou­ble dig­it lead over pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, accord­ing to a sur­vey con­duct­ed this week by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling for the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute.

The sur­vey asked respondents:

If the can­di­dates for Pres­i­dent this fall were Demo­c­rat Hillary Clin­ton and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, who would you vote for?

49% said they would vote for Hillary Clin­ton, while 37% said they would vote for Don­ald Trump. 13% said they were not sure.

This sur­vey of 679 like­ly Wash­ing­ton State vot­ers was in the field from June 14th-15th, 2016; all respon­dents par­tic­i­pat­ed via land­line. The poll has a mar­gin of error of +/- 3.8% at the 95% con­fi­dence level.

These results are not sur­pris­ing, as Wash­ing­ton is con­sid­ered to be a blue state. Wash­ing­ton vot­ers have sup­port­ed the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee for Pres­i­dent in every elec­tion going back to 1988. Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Ker­ry each car­ried the state, and so did Bill Clin­ton and Barack Oba­ma — twice.

The results of last mon­th’s pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry show that Clin­ton and Trump are also Wash­ing­to­ni­ans’ top choic­es to be the 2016 nom­i­nees of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can par­ties. Hillary Clin­ton received 52.38% of the vote on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic side, while Trump received 75.46% of the vote on the Repub­li­can side.

Repub­li­cans are using the pri­ma­ry results to allo­cate all of their nation­al con­ven­tion del­e­gates. The Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty opt­ed not to use the pri­ma­ry results, and instead uti­lized cau­cus­es to deter­mine how many del­e­gates each can­di­date would receive.

Repub­li­cans recent­ly held their state con­ven­tion in the Tri-Cities and select­ed their del­e­gates. Most of those del­e­gates per­son­al­ly favor Ted Cruz, but under cur­rent Repub­li­can rules, are required to vote for Don­ald Trump on the first ballot.

Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­gres­sion­al-lev­el del­e­gates were select­ed on May 21st (I was cho­sen as a del­e­gate for Bernie Sanders from WA-01). The state’s at-large and PLEO del­e­gates will be cho­sen this week­end by those mem­bers of the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee who rep­re­sent a leg­isla­tive district.

I rep­re­sent the 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict on the WSDCC, so I will be spend­ing most of my Sun­day lis­ten­ing to speech­es by peo­ple who wish to rep­re­sent our fine state in Philadel­phia for either Hillary Clin­ton or Bernie Sanders.

As a reminder, NPI will be offer­ing live cov­er­age of this week­end’s 2016 Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­ven­tion in Taco­ma. Join us here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate to keep track of all of the goings-on live from the City of Des­tiny. And be sure to join us ear­ly next week as well, because we’ll be releas­ing more results from this survey.

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