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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.

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 criticizes, but doesn’t disavow, Trump

The highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives said at a campaign kickoff event Thursday that Americans were in “uncharted territory” in this presidential election but refrained from taking a stance on the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Race for McMorris Rodgers’ seat draws new, old challengers

Four challengers have announced they’ll seek the seat in Congress held since 2005 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Three of the men have ran against McMorris Rodgers before. David Kay is seeking the Democratic nomination won by Joe Pakootas two years ago.

McMorris Rodgers will face Pakootas

Congress may be unpopular, but in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District, five-term incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was popular with voters casting ballots in Tuesday’s primary. McMorris Rodgers, a member of the GOP leadership in the House, finished the evening with more than half the votes cast in the 10-county district. She’ll face Democrat Joe Pakootas, the chief executive officer of the Colville Tribe’s business operations, in the general election and said she was encouraged by the strong showing in the four-way primary.

McMorris Rodgers faces three challengers in August primary

When a member of Congress rises to leadership and is chosen to respond to a president’s State of the Union Address, it’s usually a sign he or she is well-regarded and secure in re-election. For Cathy McMorris Rodgers, an Eastern Washington Republican seeking her sixth term in the House of Representatives, being in leadership and providing the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address are things for her primary opponents to criticize as they scramble to survive next month’s primary.

Q-and-A with candidates for Washington’s 5th District

All four candidates for Washington’s 5th Congressional District were asked the same series of questions on key issues. Here are their answers. Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot.

McMorris Rodgers won’t seek Cantor’s spot

The day after the House of Representative’s No. 2 Republican fell to a primary challenger, Eastern Washington congressional candidates were hoping for a boost to knock off the No. 4 Republican. Meanwhile, that No. 4 – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – said she wouldn’t be trying to leapfrog to No. 3.

5th District hopeful Tom Horne challenges Cathy McMorris-Rodgers

A retired engineer and volunteer firefighter who joined the race against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Friday said he’s unimpressed with the five-term incumbent and others in House Republican leadership on issues ranging from immigration to health care. Tom Horne, 65, of Nine Mile Falls, said he wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with a better system but questions House Republicans’ multiple votes to repeal it, only to have the bills die in the Senate.

Dave Wilson hopes for 5th District victory

Spokane businessman Dave Wilson has at least two lofty goals in his run as an independent for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ seat in the House of Representatives. A triumph in August’s primary would be the first by an Eastern Washington congressional candidate not aligned with either Republicans or Democrats since the state switched to the top-two primary system a decade ago. He would be just the second independent candidate to advance to the general election statewide since that time.