"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

WA Gov: Close, close

Our sense of the Washington governor’s race for, well, quite a few months, has been that it’s so close as to be a wash. And the polling continues to reinforce that.

Poll out today, from KING 5, gives Republican Rob McKenna 42%, and Democrat Jay Inslee 41% – essentially an even split.

The details below suggest no major hidden areas of support, or trouble, for either. McKenna has a somewhat more enthusiastic base of support, but that would be expected of a serious candidate for a party with few major holds in the state. On the other hand, he might have been expected to take a hit in this state for his backing of the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, but the poll suggests no advantage or damage in that area.

And the attorney general’s race looks like a wash, too.

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