David Catanese (Politico):
After hitting the airwaves with a pair of sunny introductory ads, Inslee finally saw polling in his favor with a pair of public surveys that showed him tied or inching ahead of McKenna. While the GOP attorney general’s nearly $1 million cash-on-hand advantage underscores his fundraising prowess, July was otherwise littered with unforced errors for McKenna. A policy aide was forced to resign after tweeting offensive comments about Asians and the elderly. The Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law appeared to catch McKenna flat-footed. At an appearance in Yakima, he clumsily acknowledged he “wasn’t ready for that question” when asked about the affirmative ruling.
During another stop, he scurried away from a local television reporter seeking reaction — an awkward episode that was broadcast on the evening news and gave a new meaning to the term “front-runner.” The next test is which contender will net more votes in Tuesday’s primary.
Who won July: Inslee
Latest poll: Inslee 43%, McKenna 36% (The Elway Poll, 405 registered voters, July 18-22)