Washington Senate moved to Pure Toss-Up

November 1, 2010 · 1:50 PM EDT

The latest public polls in Washington confirm that the race between Sen. Patty Murray (D) and GOP nominee Dino Rossi is virtually even. It looked like Murray had a narrow advantage as recently as late last week but that edge appears to have evaporated. With the expected close result and the high number of mail-in ballots, the outcome of the Washington race may not be known until well after Tuesday night. Move from Toss-Up/Tilt Democrat to Pure Toss-Up.

The move doesn't change our bottom line: Republicans are still likely to gain between 6-8 Senate seats since GOP nominees in California and West Virginia would have to come from behind to win.