Washington state Democrats celebrate eye 3 GOP House seats

first_imgSPOKANE — Democrats in Washington state celebrated early primary returns as they seek to capture three GOP-held congressional districts – including one occupied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a top Republican House leader.Washington’s primaries are a top-two system, meaning the two candidates with the most votes advance regardless of party. It’s encouraging to Democrats that their candidate, Lisa Brown, has nearly as many votes as McMorris Rodgers in early returns Wednesday.In two other races the Democrats hope to win, their candidates combined had a larger vote total than the incumbent Republican, giving Democrats hope they’ll consolidate that support in November.Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and voters had a deadline of 8 p.m. Tuesday to have their ballot postmarked or placed in a drop box. In some of the more competitive races, results may not be known for days as most counties will update vote counts only once a day.Just over 24 percent of the vote had been counted by Tuesday night. State GOP chairman Caleb Heimlich said that “it’s still too early to come to any big conclusions.”last_img

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