The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading in to the high-profile race?
In towns along Washington’s Pacific Coast, there are tsunami zones with sirens to warn of an approaching wave and marked routes to take to higher ground. Tuesday’s election results are not proof of a blue tsunami about to wash over the electorate, but the siren is blowing.
Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in the primary in the race for a 7th Legislative District house seat. Kretz racked up 63 percent of the vote, while the next two closest candidates, Democrats Mike Bell and Crystal Oliver, drew 16.9 and 15.6 percent of the vote respectively, making the second-place finisher too close to call Tuesday night.
Democrat Dave Wilson won 6th District primary with 42.7 percent of the votes, while Republican Jenny Graham came in second with 30.5 percent.
Answers to frequent excuses for not voting in the primary.
Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.
For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging behind where it was in 2014, the last midterm.
The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington state. That includes a level of carcinogenic chemicals that are imperceptible by current testing techniques, but environmental groups have argued against doing away with the EPA’s work on the issue.
Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes – one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and a sometime lightning rod for criticism for the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election – will help Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers raise campaign money Monday in Spokane.
Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.
Primary ballots going out by mail this week.
Ferry County primary voters will have postage on the envelopes to mail their ballots.
Ferry County auditor says primary ballots won’t have postage paid, as a way to save money.
Republicans and Democrats from Idaho and Washington say their view of Vladimir Putin and Russian activities unchanged.
Television advertisements and campaign mailers are already finding their way to Eastern Washington voters from the two presumptive candidates for the region’s seat in Congress. What’s true, and what isn’t, about the claims in these ads?
A wide array of personalities and philosophies want Washington to send them to the U.S. Senate.
This year, four enormous sugar-water companies – the makers of Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and Red Bull – have spent almost $5 million to prohibitively outlaw any future taxes on their products.
Washington has taxed groceries in the past.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown both report big gains in campaign dollars.
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