The Darcy Burner campaign has issued polling data that shows the Carnation Democrat with a big lead over her Democratic rivals in the newly-redrawn 1st Congressional District that includes most of Whatcom County outside Bellingham.
A survey conducted by Lake Research Partners shows Burner with 45 percent of the Democratic vote in the district.
Laura Ruderman is second, with 15 percent.
Burner, who ran close races in the old 8th District in 2006 and 2008 before the political maps got redrawn based on 2010 census data. That gave her a name-recognition edge over other candidates in the race. Can any of those candidates overcome that edge with an advertising blitz in the next few months? We will see.