Up Front AM: Christie returns for encore in Washington state

Five weeks to go, and Inslee has a 6-point lead over McKenna, according to the latest KING 5 poll conducted by SurveyUSA.


He’s coming back:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is making an encore appearance in Washington state this week.  McKenna spokesman Charles McCray says, “We have a fundraiser in Kennewick and another in Lynnwood. They are not open to the press but the WSRP is currently working to adjust the Governor’s calendar to allow him to make a quick stop to visit with volunteers. If we make that happen, he won’t take questions but you can get video.”


Don’t count out McKenna. The Republican Governors Association raised $15 million in the third quarter of this year ($44 million total for the year), money it can dump into races around the country. If the GOP group decides Inslee’s lead is soft, some of that money could wind up here.


Assumption: McKenna needs Mitt Romney to hit a homerun in tomorrow night’s presidential debate. Obama will win Washington, but if Romney can cut into the president’s lead in the state, that could help McKenna’s numbers.

The two candidates meet tonight in Yakima for a debate.   KCTS will televise it at 7 p.m. (and stream it on their website).


Don’t forget: Oct. 11 is the next debate in Seattle, where all the TV stations are cosponsoring the event.

Five days later — the KING 5 / The Seattle Times debate, at KING-TV studios.


R-74: Seattle Town Hall hosts a debate on same-sex marriage tonight.

Debate highs: Alison Holcomb and Kevin Sabet debated the marijuana decriminalization initiative yesterday on KCTS.

"He said ‘job creators,’ DRINK!": Seen on Reddit this morning — an notice that Hattie’s Hat in Ballard will have a presidential debate watching party Wednesday night … “in the back room with a projector and some of the best people in Seattle.”

Seattle Town Hall is holding a debate watch party too.


Trail bites:

Everett Herald piece on the two candidates running in for the state House in District 10.

FUSE Washington’s Sizzle-Fizzle Awards.


Russ Walker is managing editor of king5.com.  Michael Cate is producer and Robert Mak is host of KING 5 News Up Front, airing Sundays at 9:30 am on KING-TV.