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U.S. Representative

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 43,089 41.44%
Joe Pakootas (D) 33,432 32.15%
Dave Wilson (I) 14,241 13.70%
Tom Horne (R) 11,280 10.85%
Krystol McGee (L) 1,934 1.86%

* 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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Complete Coverage

All the 5th District Congressional debates, in one place

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas have squared off three times in debates around Washington’s 5th Congressional district since the beginning of this month. They’re all available online as you fill out your ballot.

Shawn Vestal: Chris Vance maintains his courage in bucking Trump, while Mike Crapo waffles

Time to redraw and rename the Crapo Line, after the guy who really deserved it all along: Chris Vance.

Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers take to airwaves to make their case

Both Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas have released TV ads in the Spokane market as ballots start to drop this week. Pakootas is attempting to tie McMorris Rodgers to Donald Trump, while the congresswoman is touting national security in an ad that departs from her usual policy-based ads.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers tepidly allies with Trump, touts policies in Congressional race against Joe Pakootas

Joe Pakootas, the Democratic challenger looking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her seventh run for Congress, is trying to tie her to Donald Trump in an attempt to sway voters away from the high-ranking Republican. But she may need those voters, and her tenuous alliance with Trump, to retain her seat in a strategy indicative of her longtime defense of the Republican Party.

Murray, McMorris Rodgers for Congress

The two congressional races on Spokane County ballots feature the 5th Congressional District and a U.S. Senate seat. U.S. Senate: You won’t see U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on TV pounding the partisan talking points and widening the divide. That doesn’t mean she isn’t partisan (she is a close adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid), but it shows she has the temperament to keep the door open to negotiation and compromise. The popular narrative is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, but it’s only partly true.

McMorris Rodgers sticks with Trump

Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas calls on U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to withdraw her backing of Donald Trump. She says no.

Under Eastern Washington runs a fault line that has jolted U.S. politics

Fly over Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District and you might need a geologist’s eye to sense the fire and ice that marked this land of picturesque small towns and gently rolling fields. Jutting out from those gentle hills, towers of jagged basalt bear witness to eruptions past. Deep, cliff-shaded coulees mark the gouging path of ancient ice-age floods.

Crapo calls on Trump to quit race, McMorris Rodgers still supports nominee

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has been critical of Donald Trump’s statements about women, continued that criticism Friday after audio was released by The Washington Post of the Republican nominee talking about groping women. The congresswoman did not say she’d withdraw her support for the candidate.

McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas talk Trump, veterans’ health care and guns in televised debate

Cathy McMorris Rodgers defended her record of supporting veterans as a member of the House of Representatives against claims by Joe Pakootas she was “privatizing” the military’s health care, while Pakootas made the case for a $22 per hour minimum wage and attacked the congresswoman for her tacit support of Donald Trump.

Shawn Vestal: Across country, Republicans turning to McMorris Rodgers to raise millions of dollars

McMorris Rodgers has raised $8.6 million in this election cycle, and passed on $3.2 million for fellow House members and candidates.

McMorris Rodgers’ lower primary numbers may reflect voter frustration

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday had her lowest showing in a primary since 2004, her first Congressional contest. Republicans remain confident she can keep her seat against Joe Pakootas, but her tepid support of Donald Trump and connections to Washington D.C. leadership could hurt her.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Joe Pakootas advance in race for Congress

The race for Congress in November will be a repeat of 2014. Incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily topped five challengers in Tuesday’s primary. Democrat Joe Pakootas appears headed to a second place finish based on his strong finish in Spokane County.

Washington delegation makes a pitch for new tanker at Fairchild

The entire Washington congressional delegation sent the Air Force secretary a letter promoting Fairchild as the next home for the new KC-46A tanker.

McMorris Rodgers, Wilson in 5th District

We support Dave Wilson’s ideas, but we’re also realists. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in a strong leadership position and can help the district on issues such as protecting Fairchild Air Force Base.

McMorris Rodgers passing on the GOP national convention

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not have a prime-time speaking role at next week’s Republican National Convention and won’t attend the gathering in Cleveland.

McMorris Rodgers will skip Republican National Convention

Spokane congresswoman is not attending Republican National Convention, will campaign in Eastern Washington instead.

Third-party field hopes to seize on voter discontent in race against McMorris Rodgers for 5th District seat

Four of the faces in the race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat are familiar, one is new. Those hoping to unseat Cathy McMorris Rodgers say they believe voter discontent with the major parties at the top of the ticket could lead to success in November.

Congressional candidate accuses opponent of listing false endorsements

Congressional candidates Dave Wilson has released a list of suspicious organizations that opponent Joe Pakootas claimed endorsed his campaign in 2014 or 2016. Pakootas says Wilson released the list as a reaction to being denied an offer to hold exclusive policy discussions forums between the two candidates.

In meeting hosted by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Trump offers assurances to GOP rank-and-file in Congress

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump tried to assure skittish GOP lawmakers Thursday that they all share the same Republican Party goals, but his first appearance before the rank-and-file failed to soothe some deep concerns about his undisciplined campaign. The meeting was hosted by Spokane Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Local firefighters, forest officials tout wildfire preparedness but say more funding needed

At a roundtable discussion in Spokane on Friday, firefighting officials told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers they’ve made great strides in preparing for this summer’s wildfire season, but more Congressional action is needed.