Washington state Senate candidate (R) Tiffany Smiley, 39, whos challenging incumbent (D) Senator Patty Murray, 79. Murray is running for her sixth term as Senator, and has been in office for nearly 30 years. Murray’s challenger, Tiffany Smiley, was only 11 years old at the time Murray took office in 1992. Washington state, once thought to be a guarantee for Democrats, may be shifting red as crime rates and homelessness continue to rise. Smiley has also said that Murray’s policies have hurt the economy and have only made inflation worse, calling Murray’s policies “reckless”.
According to Fox News, Washington state Sen Patty Murray is polling below 50% despite her high name recognition.
Smiley’s husband, Scotty, an Iraq war veteran, was blinded while serving in 2005. Smiley, a former nurse, flew to Walter Reed Medical Center to assist her husband. With the help of his wife and the medical staff, Scotty would go on to be the first blind active service member.
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Tiffany Smiley, the Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in Washington state, has raised $6 million in the third quarter, and has $2.5 million in cash on hand, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Republicans have insisted all year that the Senate contest in Washington, typically a bastion of blue, could be a sleeper race. Smiley could make it competitive with Murray, a five-term senator, if the money came in.
With her $6 million haul, more than double the $2.6 million she raised in the second quarter, Smiley can make the case to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Senate Leadership Fund that she’s within striking distance.
By the numbers: At the end of July, Murray had $6.6 million cash on hand, after raising $2.6 million from April through June.
An Emerson College poll earlier this month gave Murray a 9-point lead and had her at 51%, above the even-water mark, an important metric for any incumbent.
Murray has not released her Q3 totals, but had raised a total of $14 million at the end of the last filing period.
What we’re watching: Murray went up with negative ads on Smiley in mid-June, as Democrats tried to define her early as a foe of reproductive rights and a tool of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is aligned with SLF.
Democratic strategists were careful not to say publicly that Murray might be vulnerable, but they also didn’t want to be caught sleeping.
Smiley’s odds are still an uphill battle, as many polls still show Murray up double digits. While the Emerson College poll shows that voters are split on Biden’s job performance with 46% disapproving of the job he is doing as president, and 45% approving, it’s uncertain as to whether a poor Democratic party will hinder Murray’s chances in a deep blue state like Washington. The poll also showed that 7% of voters are still undecided. A strong last month before elections may be enough to get Smiley across the finish line and into Senate.