A couple of candidates participating in the (McDermott) Hunger Games are touting conflicting poll numbers. As liberal blog Publicola first pointed out, King County council member Joe McDermott — according to his internal campaign poll — claimed to have a 26-point lead over his nearest opponent last month.
The council member, who happens to share a last name with retiring U.S. representative Jim McDermott, also claimed to have the “best favorability ratio as well.”
Well, if a poll out of State Representative Brady Walkinshaw’s campaign can be believed, McDermott’s positive numbers are primarily due to his last name, not his public record. Via Publicola:
After voters learn a little bit about each candidate (i.e. “when the initial confusion around U.S. Rep. McDermott evaporates”) Walkinshaw’s poll reports, “I take the lead.” According to Walkinshaw’s camp, the numbers are: Walkinshaw at 21 percent, Joe McDermott at 20 percent, and Jayapal at 16 percent.
In other words, we were right. The sheer number of low information voters in Seattle will be enough to give Councilmember McDermott a good shot at surviving the primary.
And, the McDermott Hunger Games continues.