Democratic candidates dominated in Washington’s Aug. 7 primaries in both state and federal races.
If they can repeat the performance in November, the party could increase its majority in the state Legislature. Additionally, Republican congressional incumbents Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler both face difficult challenges.
Meanwhile, experienced candidate Dino Rossi got fewer votes than his Democratic challengers combined. Rossi’s campaign also excluded Stranger reporter Rich Smith from his election night party, in spite of the fact that Rossi quoted Smith’s articles about the race during a speech that night.
Democrats have been celebrating the strong showing, including Gov. Jay Inslee, who got in on the action on Twitter, tweeting the image of a wave and cajoling the Republican president to help out his party.
.@realDonaldTrump the #waelex results last night were deeply concerning for Republicans. They need your help! Please come and campaign for them in WA this fall!— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) August 8, 2018
“.@realdonaldtrump the #waelex results last night were deeply concerning for Republicans.
They need your help! Please come and campaign for them in WA this fall!” Inslee tweeted.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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