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President Trump endorses Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in race against Lisa Brown

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

FILE – President Donald Trump and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., shake hands as she leaves the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)
FILE – President Donald Trump and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., shake hands as she leaves the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has earned the endorsement of the most powerful Republican in the country, President Donald Trump.

Trump’s endorsement came in a tweet Monday night, with McMorris Rodgers among eight members of the GOP the president urged his 55 million followers to support. He called her “an incredible leader who is respected by everyone in Congress,” a more full-throated sign of support than McMorris Rodgers’ tepid announcement in 2016 that she’d support Trump’s candidacy.

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Since then, the congresswoman has praised several of Trump’s policy positions while also criticizing his public language about women and his decision to pursue sweeping tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

In recent weeks, she’s brought several Trump surrogates to town for fundraisers, including Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrat Lisa Brown, has earned the backing of the previous administration in her bid to unseat McMorris Rodgers. Vice President Joe Biden offered his support earlier this month, and President Barack Obama included Brown among his endorsements in a tweet Oct. 1.

Ballots are due Tuesday in Spokane County.

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