KSPS debate: McMorris Rodgers and Hill
Tue., Oct. 25, 2022
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||105,980||51.51%|
|Natasha Hill (D)||61,830||30.05%|
|Ann Marie Danimus (D)||21,112||10.26%|
|Sean Clynch (R)||16,815||8.17%|
* 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.
KSPS hosted this debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democrat Natasha Hill. Spokesman-Review reporter Kip Hill and Inlander reporter Daniel Walters were panelists for the event.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, seeking her 10th term in Congress, attempted to tie her Democratic opponent, Natasha Hill, to what she sees as the failed policies of the Biden administration on public safety and plans for “radical” laws addressing abortion. Hill, at times turning directly to address McMorris Rodgers, accused the congresswoman of being beholden to donors over the people of Eastern Washington and failing to tamp down election conspiracy theories.
Mid-term elections, like mid-term exams, are a time to find out whether things are going well or changes need to be made. This year, however, candidates on the ballot seem to be offering different answers as voters put them to the test.
The election has not drawn the national-level interest that was seen in the last midterm contest, when Lisa Brown and McMorris Rodgers ran neck-and-neck in fundraising in a contest that sent the congresswoman back for her eighth term in Washington D.C. Both candidates expressed concern about the direction of the country, largely mirroring a party divide that has broken out nationally as the parties seek control in Congress.
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The free event will be first come, first served and begins at 5 p.m. in the Centennial Ballroom, according to a news release from the congresswoman’s office. The annual event had been scheduled to take place Aug. 10, but was postponed so that McMorris Rodgers could attend the funeral of Jackie Walorski, the Republican congresswoman from Indiana who was killed in a car crash Aug. 3.
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McMorris Rodgers will travel to Indiana to attend the funeral of Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died earlier this month in a car crash along with two of her staffers. The Indiana Republican was 58 years old and had served in Congress since 2013.
Democrats praised the package as a necessary step to address the problems of rising costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while Republicans panned the legislation as irresponsible on issues of energy production, drug costs and more.
The congresswoman has routinely held town hall events in Spokane during the House of Representatives’ August recess. Her office said the 5 p.m. event, which is free to attend, will be her 13th in the district this year.
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McMorris Rodgers, who at 53 years old is seeking her 10th term in Congress, finished first in balloting with a little more than 50% of the vote. Democratic voters in the district put Natasha Hill second, with 31% of the vote counted Tuesday. Fellow Democratic candidate Ann Marie Danimus, 51, won 11% of the Tuesday vote.
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