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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.