Democrat Schrier advances in 8th District, will face Rossi

Published 08-13-2018

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democrat Kim Schrier has advanced in Washington's 8th District Congressional primary, seeking to be the first member of her party to ever win the seat.

Schrier, a pediatrician, was in second place after the latest ballot update from King County Monday afternoon. The top two vote getters are placed on the November ballot, regardless of party.

Schrier will face Republican Dino Rossi, a former state lawmaker who had unsuccessful runs for governor and the U.S. Senate, in November. Long-time incumbent Dave Reichert is retiring. A Republican has held the 8th District position since it was created in 1980.

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.

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