Gov. candidates returning to Harbor


Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are each coming back to the Harbor for public appearances to drum up support and encourage more get out the vote efforts.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is also bringing her 26-stop “Jobs for Washington” re-election campaign tour to Aberdeen next week.

McKenna, the Republican Attorney General, is hosting a rally at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Grays Harbor Republican’s Victory Office, 306 W. Heron St. in Aberdeen, located across from Safeway. Local campaign organizer Cathy Colley says McKenna will be joined by former Democratic state senator Mark Doumit, who has endorsed McKenna’s candidacy. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson and Montesano Mayor Ken Estes, part of the Mayors for McKenna group, will also be at the event. Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney is also part of the mayors’ group but isn’t able to attend, Colley said.

Inslee, a former congressman from Bainbridge Island, will join other Democrats at the Polish Club in Aberdeen, which serves as the headquarters for the Grays Harbor Democrats. The meet and greet is slated for 9:45 a.m., Monday at 823 W. 1st Street in Aberdeen.

A new Elway Poll released this month showed McKenna slightly ahead of Inslee, but, given the margin of error, they’re statistically tied — about the same place they’ve been for weeks. Pollster Stuart Elway polled 451 “likely voters” — those who have voted at least once in the past four elections — and found McKenna at 47 percent and Inslee at 45 percent with a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

Last week, KCTS 9 and the University of Washington released a joint poll showing Inslee at 47.9 percent and McKenna at 44.7 percent with the rest undecided. The poll sampled 782 registered voters and gave it a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Cantwell, a Democrat seeking her third term, is running against state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, a Republican from Spokane. The same KCTS poll showed Cantwell at 58.3 percent and Baumgartner at 34.8 percent.

Cantwell’s stop in Aberdeen is slated to be at noon on Wednesday, according to her campaign website, but the details have not yet been worked out.