u 2012 Washington Primary

U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5

About this race

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.

Last updated: Aug. 10, 3 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
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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McMorris Rodgers voted for trigger

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, is among those who voted for the 2011 budget bill that set in motion the deep, looming spending cuts that she and others are now warning could be disastrous to the nation’s military. “Like a majority of Republicans and Democrats in both Houses, she supported the Budget Control Act, with the understanding the so-called Super Committee would find a more effective way to carry out the cuts required by the bill,” said her spokesman, Todd Winer. Read more

McMorris Rodgers backed national park at Hanford

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, on Thursday backed a proposal creating a national park at three sites central to the creation of atomic weapons, including Hanford. The vote was bipartisan in its support and opposition. It failed 237-180. It needed supermajority support to move… Read more

Sizing up TARP: In Lilac City, a Sterling example

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Proposal provides VA heroic name

Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center would get a new name under proposals before Congress. Actually, two new names: Pfc. Joe E. Mann and Platoon Sgt. Bruce Grandstaff. The medical center in northwest Spokane would be renamed for two regional recipients of the Medal of Honor under legislation backed by the state’s congressional delegation. Read more

9/11 remembrances

Flag placed in a name of a victim of the 9/11 attacks at the Ground Zero memorial in New York. Sept. 11 is traditionally a day for politicians to reflect on their thoughts and remembrances of that day in 2001. Today was no different. Inside… Read more

Parker gets honorary gig on McMorris Rodgers’ campaign

State Rep. Kevin Parker has plenty of time on his hands, politically speaking. The Republican from Spokane’s 6th District doesn’t have an opponent in this year’s election. So over the weekend, he signed on as honorary chairman of Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ congressional re-election campaign. According… Read more

Spin Control: Judge dismantles Seattle woman’s ‘birther’ claims

OLYMPIA – It’s Labor Day weekend, the traditional start of serious campaigning, so one can assume the silly season for politics is either over or nearly so. Before the clock ran out on the political dog days of summer, however, Washington was treated to the latest “birther” challenge to Barack Obama’s ability to run for president. Read more

Watch McMorris Rodgers’ speeches at GOP convention

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has kicked off the last two nights of the Republican National Convention as the gathering’s host. She hasn’t generated much national attention, though as the host, she probably isn’t supposed to. Here is her first night’s speech: Click inside this… Read more

McMorris Rodgers: I’ll debate 10 times if Cantwell will debate 39

Democrat Rich Cowan and Republican Mike Baumgartner seem to have a shared problem of getting the incumbents they want to unseat to debate with them as many times as they want. Or at all. Cowan, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives against… Read more

McMorris Rodgers GOP convention “host”

Tropical Storm Isaac might be bad news in general for the Republican National Convention, but the storm clouds at least have a silver lining for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The storm is shortening the convention by one day, by knocking out all but the official… Read more

McMorris Rodgers now listed as gathering’s host

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ role in the Republican National Convention has grown significantly in the revised schedule announced Sunday. McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., was expected to give a seven-minute speech tonight until the convention was shortened as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac. In the new schedule, McMorris Rodgers is listed as the convention’s host. Read more

McMorris Rodgers will host GOP convention

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ role in the Republican National Convention has grown in the revised schedule announced Sunday. Read more

Local notes on GOP convention

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has been given an expanded role at the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention is in Tampa this week, if Hurricane Isaac doesn’t blow the GOP into the next county. They just released a revised schedule, because… Read more

Spin Control: Once-in-a-lifetime vote is a quadrennial event

If you haven’t heard this yet, you will soon. A politician will proclaim this the Most Important Election in your lifetime. Or in a generation. Or since World War II. They might say “of the century,” but that’s really not much, because the century is only 12 years old, so they’ll probably substitute “of the last hundred years.” Read more

McMorris Rodgers agrees to two debates

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided to debate her Democratic opponent twice before the November election. After this month’s primary, Democrat Rich Cowan challenged McMorris Rodgers to debate him in each of the 5th Congressional District’s 10 counties. After her town hall meeting on… Read more

Economy leads town hall meeting

There was passion and there were numerous interruptions, but the rancor, cheers and theater at U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ town hall meeting in Spokane on Thursday were muted compared to the forum she held last year. Only about 150 people attended her Spokane summer town hall meeting at the Lincoln Center. Nearly 600 showed up last year. Read more

Murray urges stronger protections for women

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray challenged her Republican counterparts Tuesday to embrace the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, saying the narrower House version leaves out key provisions that would help protect another 30 million women from domestic violence. Murray, a Democrat from Western Washington, hosted several victims of abusive relationships at the NATIVE Project in West Central Spokane. Read more

McMorris Rodgers gets speaking part at GOP convention

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is doing about everything she possibly can to make sure Mitt Romney gets elected. She’s his campaign co-chairwoman for Washington state. She’s is the campaign liaison to the House of Representatives. She’s a co-chairwoman of Farmers and Ranchers for Mitt. She’s… Read more

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,… Read more

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… Read more