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Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin sweep Democratic hopefuls in Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District

Republican state Rep. Matt Shea, left, faced an election challenge from Democrat Ted Cummings. (SR)

Republican state Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin have fended off Democratic challengers in Eastern Washington’s 4th Legislative District.

Shea won about 58.3 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Ted Cummings, according to the ballot count as of Tuesday evening.

Shea was first elected in 2008 and now chairs the House GOP caucus. He’s a polarizing lawmaker who espouses far-right conspiracy theories and recently alienated campaign donors with a document titled “Biblical Basis for War.”

After ballots were counted Tuesday evening, he wrote in a Facebook post: “Victory! Thank you everyone! I am so grateful for all the support and prayers. I will continue to fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom!”

Cummings works at Kaiser Aluminum and runs a small ranching operation in Chattaroy. After learning the results Tuesday evening, he said he would consider challenging Shea in a future election.

“I’m definitely not going to stop as long as that man is my representative,” Cummings said. “So I guess we’ll have to regroup and find a better candidate, or I’ll have to try harder next time.”

McCaslin had about 61.5 percent of the vote in his race Tuesday evening, defeating Democrat Mary May.

McCaslin was first elected to the House in 2014 and has sponsored legislation with Shea aiming to turn Eastern Washington into a 51 state called “Liberty.” May has worked as a city planner in Southern California and Spokane Valley, and as a regulatory consultant for the Washington governor’s office.

The 4th District covers Spokane Valley and a northeast portion of Spokane County, abutting the Washington-Idaho border.