u 2012 Washington General Election

U.S. Representative

About this race

Since Speaker of the House Tom Foley lost his seat in 1994, Democrats have struggled in Congressional races for Washington’s fifth district. Although Democrats this year quickly united behind one candidate, primary results suggest Republicans have retained the upper hand. Democratic businessman Rich Cowan won just 33 percent of the vote in August. Incumbent Republican Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, who has generally breezed to reelection since winning the seat in 2004, had 56 percent of the vote. Two lesser-known candidates were eliminated. In recent years, McMorris-Rodgers has gained an expanding role in Congress and the Republican Party and is considered the highest-ranking woman in the House as the vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.

Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000 per year, plus healthcare and other benefits.

Last updated: Nov. 13, 6:02 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 177,481 62.05%
Rich Cowan (D) 108,548 37.95%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.