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Top two candidates with the most votes will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

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

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5

Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 76,116 55.48%
Rich Cowan (D) 46,031 33.55%
Randall Yearout (R) 10,743 7.83%
Ian Moody (N) 4,307 3.14%

* 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.

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Mon., Aug. 20, 2012, 1:52 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers back from other Washington 

Got a question for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers? The congresswoman, a Republican, will be meeting with constituents this week across parts of the sprawling 5th congressional district, including a town hall event Thursday in Spokane. Here's the details: WALLA WALLA -- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,...

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Mon., Aug. 20, 2012, 12:46 p.m.

Mo. rape comment ripples into Wa. 

Waves from a comment by a Missouri politician Sunday that women are rarely pregnant from a "legitimate rape" rippled across country to Washington state today, with fellow Republican Senate candidate Mike Baumgartner calling it ignorant and Democrats trying to tie a link to Rep. Cathy...

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Thu., Aug. 16, 2012, 11:34 a.m.

Local GOP opening ‘Victory Center’ 

Spokane area Republicans are apparently pooling their resources for the fall campaigns to open a "Victory Center" where GOP candidates and their supporters, from the presidential level on down the ballot, can set up. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said statewide candidates and campaigns will...

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Wed., Aug. 1, 2012

Women get help through Care Act 

WASHINGTON – Starting today, nearly 1.1 million women in Washington state will no longer be charged a co-pay for birth control, HIV screening and several other health care services under the Affordable Care Act. The 2010 law requires insurance companies to fully cover preventive services in eight categories for women whose health plans begin or are renewed on or after Aug. 1.

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Fri., July 20, 2012, 12:08 p.m.

Congressional candidates take stand on 15 topics

We have posted the answers to a Spokesman-Review candidate questionnaire from each of the four candidates for the Congressional seat representing Eastern Washington. You can read the candidates' opinions on 15 topics, including taxes, same-sex marriage, immigration, marijuana, abortion and the North Spokane freeway at...

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Mon., July 16, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers makes a Top 25 list 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made the cover of a national magazine, and landed on its Top 25 list. She's sharing the list and the cover with some pretty high profile Democrats. And while the cover of National Journal is not the cover of the Rolling...

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Sun., July 15, 2012, 3:35 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 topics

1. Why do you feel you are the best candidate? My background and values are very representative of Eastern Washington – growing up on a small farm, the first in my family to graduate from college, helping run the family business. It is an honor to represent you in Congress. Today, our country is borrowing over a trillion dollars a year. Our future economic strength and national security depend on putting our fiscal house in order. I’ve balanced budgets at my kitchen table, in small business and in state government; I have the proven skills required to rein in spending by setting priorities so we can live within our means.

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Sun., July 15, 2012, 3:04 p.m.

Ian Moody, Q&A on 15 topics 

1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have the vision, audacity, and heart to tackle tough issues and fight back when government encroaches on citizens’ rights. By nature and trade I am a caregiver, possessing over a decade of experience working directly with the disabled, aging, and dying of Eastern Washington. I am the author and sponsor of marijuana regulation initiatives circulating in seven regional cities. When the Spokane City Council took steps to impede the initiative process earlier this year, I responded with a counter proposal in the form of a citizens' initiative. I hope to represent a new generation of doers in congress.

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Sun., July 15, 2012, 2:38 p.m.

Rich Cowan, Q&A on 15 topics 

1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? For 22 years I served as CEO of film company North by Northwest Productions. Our company brought a new industry to the Inland Northwest, and hundreds of family-wage jobs along with it. I know how to create jobs, minimize debt, and build for the long term. Those are the skills we need in Congress. More importantly, I am not a puppet of a political party or corporate interest – I am dedicated to finding solutions to our common problems and fighting for the needs of Eastern Washington. We need a representative for “our” Washington, not the “other” Washington.

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Fri., June 29, 2012

Ruling highlights partisan split 

OLYMPIA – When a divided U.S. Supreme Court settled the question Thursday of whether federal health care reform is constitutional, it turned up the spotlight on the issue for Washington’s hotly contested governor’s race. Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna, one of the original plaintiffs in the failed multistate challenge, said he was surprised by the ruling but insisted he was relieved, not disappointed.

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Thu., June 28, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

Cowan: Stop bickering over health care law

As his Republican opponent continues to call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Cowan said it's time to "put aside the partisan bickering."" Cowan's likely opponent in November, four term Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was one of the...

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Thu., June 28, 2012, 8:34 a.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Constitutional but unworkable 

Even if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, it's still unworkable, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers insisted. The Eastern Washington Republican was sent to the court as one of the GOP spokespersons to address the gathered media hordes....

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Sat., June 23, 2012, 5:41 p.m.

Sunday Spin: Asking for money a waste of an e-mail

Last week, like most weeks, among the hundreds of e-mails that made it through the spam filter were some cheery yet urgent missives from politicians. Among them was one from Patty Murray, Washington’s Democratic senior senator, andanother from Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. Not...

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Tue., June 19, 2012, 12:16 p.m.

Feds to give N. Spokane Corridor $10 million

The U.S. Department of Transportation will give the state $10 million for the North Spokane Corridor, to be used to help relocate some railroad tracis and extend a bike trail. A joint announcement from U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers...

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