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U.S. Representative, 5th District

Election Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 122,744 52.81%
Dave Wilson (D) 56,492 24.31%
Christopher Armitage (D) (Abandoned) 28,180 12.13%
Stephen Major (R) 20,000 8.61%
Brendan O’Regan (I) 4,995 2.15%

* 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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Cathy McMorris Rodgers


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Christopher Armitage

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson debate in prime time before election

In their only in-person debate of the election season, the congresswoman and her Democratic challenger sparred over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and wildfires. McMorris Rodgers also reiterated her desire for closer government regulation of social media based on perceived election year bias. 

Fundraising in Eastern Washington Congress race sees dip following high-profile 2018 contest

At just a little more than $4 million, and most of that going to incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, fundraising in Eastern Washington in 2020 is on pace to total less than half what was amassed two years ago. With other races nationwide drawing record amounts of money and time on the airwaves, the change likely has more to do with the perceived competitiveness of the race and less to do with the effects of the pandemic. 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson talk pandemic, Trump’s response and health care in second debate

In her quest for a ninth term in Congress, McMorris Rodgers defended early actions of the Trump administration to stop the spread of the pandemic and argued existing assistance programs would help if they were extended. Democrat Wilson said the White House lost time by publicly downplaying the impact of the virus. 

20 questions for our Congressional candidates

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking her ninth term in Congress against Democrat Dave Wilson. The Spokesman-Review compiled a list of questions about policies involving the environment, health care, social justice and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

McMorris Rodgers, Wilson square off Thursday afternoon in first congressional debate

The congresswoman said she believed the country and the economy were on their way to a rebound from the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, while her Democratic challenger tied the lawmaker to President Donald Trump and what he said was the wrong direction for the country on multiple fronts. 

Incumbents McMorris Rodgers and Newhouse advance in Congressional races

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is headed toward a matchup against Democrat Dave Wilson in the November election. 

Former Excelsior employee files wrongful termination suit out after raising concerns about political activities

Skyler Oberst, employed as development director at the youth treatment center from December 2018 to August 2019, said he was retaliated against after raising concerns about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ appearance at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility in fall 2018. The event was organized by the congresswoman’s official Congressional staff, and the center says it will defend against the claims of the wrongful termination lawsuit. 

Armitage’s surprise departure shakes up Spokane congressional race

The abrupt departure of a Democratic candidate from Eastern Washington’s congressional race surprised party officials and may create confusion for some voters.

Democrat Chris Armitage announces on Twitter he’s dropping out of Congressional race

Chris Armitage, 28, cited declining mental health and allegations from a woman with whom he’d had a relationship as reasons for dropping out of the contest. 

Northwest lawmakers pursue different priorities in new COVID relief package

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Monday after a two-week break, facing a de facto deadline at the end of the month to pass another round of coronavirus relief, but Republicans and Democrats will first need to reconcile dramatically different visions for what the legislation should include.

McMorris Rodgers bill would speed dam licensing, designate hydropower as ‘renewable’

WASHINGTON – A new bill from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would speed up the licensing process for hydroelectric dams and let a federal agency waive licensing requirements for small projects, as the Republican from Washington’s 5th district continues her efforts to make hydropower a bigger part of the nation’s evolving energy grid.

Washington leaders oppose visa changes affecting international college students

Washington university administrators, Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan members of the state’s congressional delegation on Tuesday denounced new visa restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

2 Democrats vying for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ seat in Congress in August primary

For the first time since 2010, there will be a competitive Democratic primary for the chance to face Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who’s been in Congress since 2005. Voters will have the option of a former independent who’s calling for a return to centrist politics, and a 28-year-old first-time candidate who’s setting his sights on supporters across the political spectrum.

CHAS receives telehealth funds to treat patients with COVID-19

The FCC awarded CHAS a more than $800,000 grant to expand its telehealth capacities in order to treat patients with COVID-19.

Ag Secretary praises Spokane’s farm-grown food initiative as growers call for more support

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue praised Spokane’s effort to get locally grown food to needy families on Thursday, as the region’s wheat growers push for additional federal assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

McMorris Rodgers weighs in on Trump’s spat with Twitter, Congress’s role

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers echoed President Donald Trump’s frustration with Twitter after the president signed an executive order May 28 targeting a key legal protection social media companies rely on, but the Spokane Republican said she has concerns about the federal government deciding what they allow on their platforms.

McMorris Rodgers calls Floyd’s death ‘heart-wrenching’

Washington lawmakers on Monday called for justice for George Lloyd and expressed their support for peaceful demonstrations.

Idaho’s Russ Fulcher among Republicans suing to stop proxy voting in Congress

Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher is one of 21 Republican members suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and two nonpartisan House officials in D.C. federal court over proxy voting in the House.

$3 trillion stimulus bill passes House; McMorris Rodgers pans it as Democratic ‘wish list’

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday night, despite opposition from Republicans and several Democrats.

Valley Republican files to challenge McMorris Rodgers

A Spokane Valley Republican is challenging Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, contending she was wrong to allow the national debt to grow by supporting relief packages to help people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.