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Washington 8th CD 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:40 pm

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Democrats target House seat that’s been red for 4 decades

SEATTLE (AP) — Eight unknown Democrats are fighting for a spot to challenge a high-profile Republican in Washington state’s reliably red 8th District.

It’s a familiar battle in the 8th, where voters have chosen the Republican for almost four decades since the U.S. House district’s creation in 1980. But with the national GOP bracing for big midterm losses, the Democrats hope to finally prevail.

The retiring incumbent, Rep. Dave Reichert, even said in an interview last year with The Seattle Times that he expects the seat will be “hard” to keep in Republican hands. The non-partisan Cook Political Report lists the contest as a toss-up. In a telling sign, a GOP House leadership-backed super PAC has opened an office in the area to help the Republican candidate.

The district includes the eastern suburbs of Seattle and stretches into the rural Cascade Mountains. It is among about two dozen across the country that are held by Republicans but whose voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making it a critical potential pickup for the Democrats trying to gain control of the House for the first time since 2010.

But to do that, they’ll have to defeat Dino Rossi, a former state senator who ran two close but unsuccessful efforts for governor and another for U.S. Senate. In each of those contests, he had a double-digit advantage in the 8th District. ...

Washington is a so-called top-two primary state, meaning the top two vote getters in its August primaries will compete against each other in November - regardless of political affiliation. In fundraising terms, the Democratic field is led by [Kim] Schrier, Jason Rittereiser, a labor-rights lawyer, and Shannon Hader, a doctor and former Centers for Disease Control official. Podlodowski said she expects the fundraising advantage to remain with Rossi.


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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:37 pm

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Washington’s Eighth Congressional District: a slew of Democrats attempt to retake the district

Who are the Democrats? Pediatrician Kim Schrier, former prosecutor Jason Rittereiser, doctor Shannon Hader, and IT specialist Robert Hunziker.

Schrier has a fundraising edge, along with the support of Emily’s List and a bunch of national labor groups.

Who are the Republicans? Former state Sen. Dino Rossi is making yet another attempt for elected office in the state. He’s got strong name recognition after mounting failed bids for both governor and Senate.

What’s the story? Democrats see incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert’s retirement as a potential opportunity to capture the district, which Cook rates as a toss-up.

The district is also one of more than 20 held by Republicans that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Interestingly, it’s backed Democratic presidential candidates for numerous races in the past, while favoring Republicans for the House seat.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:16 pm

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Smelling blood, Democrats are saturating this once-safe GOP district with attack ads

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If television viewers in Washington’s 8th Congressional District feel besieged by negative political advertising, there’s a reason for that. Democrats have spent more on that congressional seat than any other nationwide over the last month, according to a McClatchy analysis. Republicans are just starting to respond.

Since the beginning of August, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has poured more than $1.4 million into the 8th District, mostly on TV ads attacking Dino Rossi, a veteran GOP politician seeking the open seat, according to campaign filings with Federal Elections Commission. He faces Kim Schrier, a pediatrician making her first run for office. ...

Voters haven’t elected a Democrat to Congress in Washington’s 8th District since it was created following the 1980 Census. But the times are changing. So are the demographics in this once-rural district, now home to Seattle and Tacoma’s growing suburbs. The retirement of moderate GOP incumbent Dave Reichert gives Democrats a big opening in the 8th, where voters in 2016 narrowly opted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

“This district may be in more transition than we realize,” said Ron Dotzauer, a Democratic political consultant in Seattle who is not working for any of the campaigns. The 8th District, he said, has seen a big influx of liberal tech workers into suburbs east of the Puget Sound, one reason a slight majority voted for Clinton in 2016, by 3 percentage points.

“We were definitely expecting this to be a tough race,” said Andrew Bell, campaign spokesman for Rossi, a former state lawmaker. Bell attributed the DCCC’s recent spending partly to the Democrats’ three-way battle in the Aug. 7 primary, where the leading candidates “put every last dollar into the race.” Schrier, from Sammamish, ultimately edged out her competitors.


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Post by Addie » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:38 am

The Atlantic: Suburban-Rural Districts Are Turning on the GOP

Washington’s Eighth Congressional District runs from Seattle’s liberal suburbs all the way to conservative apple farms on the other side of the Cascades.



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Post by Mr Pfister » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:46 pm

63% reporting has Dr Schrier (D) 6 points above Rossi (R)

This is yuge

From Wikipedia:

"The 8th district was created after the 1980 U.S. Census. After the 2010 U.S. Census, The state responded to population changes by shifting much of the "Eastside" portions of what was the 8th District to the 9th District, and added regions east of the Cascades to the 8th District.

Since its creation, the 8th district has consistently been held by a Republican."



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Post by Azastan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:51 pm

I am holding my breath. This would be amazing if Dr Schrier wins.



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Post by Lani » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:15 am

She's ahead 53% to 47%. Hope it holds!


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Post by Azastan » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:40 pm

Still holding at 53-47.

Not sure why there hasn't been a change in the number of votes counted, but I am certainly hoping we can swing this one to blue.



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Post by Kendra » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:44 pm

Azastan wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Still holding at 53-47.

Not sure why there hasn't been a change in the number of votes counted, but I am certainly hoping we can swing this one to blue.
KOMO Radio was reporting this morning that there would be more votes counted this afternoon, i.e. the ballots mailed yesterday and those from the drop boxes.

I think they said that if Rossi loses, this will be his fourth loss to a female candidate :dance:



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Post by Azastan » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:43 pm

Still holding at 53-47, but the vote total has changed. I think Dr Schrier may pull this off.



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Post by NMgirl » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:02 am

And she did pull it off!




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Post by SLQ » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:45 am

:thumbs:


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Post by Jcolvin2 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:56 am

Azastan wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:43 pm
Still holding at 53-47, but the vote total has changed. I think Dr Schrier may pull this off.
Rossi conceded after new votes from King and Pierce counties failed to trim the margin.

Link to Seattle Times Article

From the Seattle Times:

Dino Rossi concedes 8th District race to Kim Schrier as new votes widen her lead
Originally published November 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm Updated November 7, 2018 at 9:12 pm

By Jim Brunner
Seattle Times political reporter

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Rossi, a former state senator, conceded the race in a statement Wednesday night as new vote totals saw Schrier widen her lead.

Schrier led with 53 percent after new vote tallies from King and Pierce counties Wednesday. The 6 percentage-point gap was essentially the same as on Election Day, but Schrier’s lead in raw votes grew by about 950, leaving her 12,576 votes ahead.

Rossi initially said he would not comment Wednesday as tens of thousands of votes remained to be counted. But he quickly issued his concession statement after KING-TV called the race for Schrier.

The more conservative counties in the district, Chelan and Kittitas, were not expected to count more votes until Friday, but they make up a relatively small share of the district.

Rossi boosted his share of the vote slightly in King County’s Wednesday count but not enough to change his trajectory, leaving him on pace for a fourth consecutive election defeat.



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Re: Washington 8th CD 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:02 am

Yay! :-D



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Post by Mr Pfister » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:46 am

For the rest of the US, please know this is a huge victory for the Democratic Party. This seat has been held by R's since creation in 1980 and has been the scene of some fairly tough efforts to flip.

If you are feeling down at all, this is one of those that should give you hope.



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Post by Kendra » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:50 am

Mr Pfister wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:46 am
For the rest of the US, please know this is a huge victory for the Democratic Party. This seat has been held by R's since creation in 1980 and has been the scene of some fairly tough efforts to flip.

If you are feeling down at all, this is one of those that should give you hope.
And Snake Oil Rossi loses again.



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Post by Azastan » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:32 am

Mr Pfister wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:46 am
For the rest of the US, please know this is a huge victory for the Democratic Party. This seat has been held by R's since creation in 1980 and has been the scene of some fairly tough efforts to flip.

If you are feeling down at all, this is one of those that should give you hope.
Yes.



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Post by RVInit » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:43 am

:banana: I'm not going to let Florida get me down. Important things have happened, this one is just one of many great things.

Even in Florida the stage has been set. Scott may take Nelson's seat, but not by much. I love Nelson, he's done great things for this state and I will always be grateful for what he's done. Sigh, we may have to start working on the plan for getting rid of Rick Scott in 6 years. That's a long time, I'm sure we can come up with something. And DeSantis, too. Neither of these guys will have won by much.


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Post by Kendra » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:21 am


Republican Dino Rossi has conceded the Washington-8 House race to Democrat Kim Schrier as new votes widen her lead. The 8th District has never before sent a Democrat to Congress.



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Post by Mr Pfister » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:42 am

Kendra wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:50 am
And Snake Oil Rossi loses again.
Having had no TV for several years I missed all the commercials.

Until election night.

I visited an old friend who always has the tube on just in time to see election night coverage of Rossi campaign HQ.


Seeing his family on stage I naturally felt bad for him.

Until he opened his mouth.

I had genuinely forgot how greasy this guy seems.

Hopefully this will be the last we see of "Dino" for a coupla whiles.



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Post by Kendra » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:44 am

I'm glad it's not just me that see that in him.



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