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Tue., Aug. 19, 2008, 9:59 p.m.

5th District Congression race

Mark Mays will have an uphill -- or perhaps up mountain -- race against Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

District wide, she's pulling in about 55 percent of the vote. The Republican incumbent has almost three times as many ballots as the Democratic challenger.

The challenge from the right didn't really play out with voters. Republican Kurt Erickson got about 7 percent of the vote, while Libertarian John Beck and Constitutionalist Randall Yearout are both under 3 percent.

If there's a bright spot for Mays, it's that the other Democrat, Barbara Lampert, got about 13 percent of the vote, so together the Ds pulled about 33 percent.

Still, it's a long way from 33 percent to 50 percent plus 1.

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