Primary Results, Nunes in Spokane, and more
Week in Review: August 11, 2018
Primary Results: November is Coming
Some votes are still coming in, but we can say this about Tuesday’s primary election: Our work is paying off — BIG TIME. Here are some of the takeaways so far.
U.S. Senate Race
In a field of 29 total candidates, Maria Cantwell outperformed the other 28 combined. And she received more than twice the number of votes as her right-wing challenger Susan Hutchison, who will advance to the general election to face off against Cantwell in November.
Dino Rossi thought he could ride his name recognition into an easy majority in the primary. How wrong he was. The day of the primary, Washington State GOP Chair Caleb Heimlich told reporters that Rossi would get around 50% of the vote. In actuality, Rossi got nowhere near that. As of early Friday, Rossi has 43.12% of the vote. Combined, Democrats have 50.19% of the vote. That means Democrats outperformed Rossi by over 7 percentage points.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is running a horribly uncivil campaign. And voters know it. In her last three primary races, Cathy has won with a lead averaging 18.7 percentage points. Currently, Lisa Brown is just a couple points behind Cathy. Lisa is in striking distance, and she has the momentum. Washington State has a good chance of unseating a member of Republican Congressional leadership. And you can bet we’re going to do everything we can to make that a reality.
Jaime Herrera Beutler is doing even worse than Dino Rossi. She currently has about 42% of the vote, an abysmal performance for an incumbent. About 58% of her constituents voted to replace her. Democrat Carolyn Long has emerged as the clear frontrunner on the Democratic side, and she has been added to the DCCC’s exclusive Red to Blue list. Carolyn will advance to the general, where we have a real chance to retire Jaime Herrera Beutler — who now is probably wishing she hadn’t shrugged off her constituents and voted with Donald Trump 91% of the time.
State Legislative Races
All year long, Republicans had been saying they just needed to flip a couple seats in Olympia to take back control of the legislature. That seems extremely unlikely now. Voters came out in droves to support Democrats in legislative races across the state. Republicans seem to be just now realizing that they will not be on the offensive this cycle.
Of the 25 state Senate seats up for election, Democrats lead in 17 of them. Of the 98 state House seats, Democrats now lead in 69 of them. Now, these numbers are subject to change, and as the top two candidates advance, voters will shift and coalesce around them. But we are well on track to make double-digit gains in the legislature.
This much is clear: Democrats are on the march in Washington State in historic fashion.
For Republicans, the primary election has been a wakeup call. And make no mistake — Republicans are definitely waking up. It is vital that we keep the momentum on our side, even as outside special interests pour millions of dollars into Washington State to try to save Republicans like Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dino Rossi.
We’ve said it before. We can’t outraise or outspend Republicans. But we can out-organize them. And we rely on contributions from folks like you to drive our state organizing program. We now have 17 coordinated campaign offices open around the state, many of them staffed by organizers from the very communities we’re reaching out to, and it’s making a huge difference.
We need to make sure we can continue to out-maneuver, out-message, and out-organize Republicans all the way through the November election and beyond. Will you double down on victory with us?
We’re willing to push as hard and as far as our resources will allow us, and we have a significant chance of flipping three of Washington State’s four Republican-held congressional seats — the 8th, 5th, and 3rd — while increasing our presence and making significant gains throughout the 4th. We’re ready to go now. Will you go with us? Make a contribution now to help us elect Democrats EVERYWHERE in Washington State who will listen to their constituents and represent their interests.
The Nunes/McMorris Rodgers Tape
Cathy McMorris Rodgers just keeps making headlines. And not in a good way. On Wednesday, a recording by Fuse Washington of McMorris Rodgers and Devin Nunes at a fundraiser in Spokane was featured on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” In the clip, Nunes and McMorris Rodgers discuss plans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Cathy, of course, says the quotes in the recording are taken out of context, but she has offered no plausible alternative explanation.
The Fuse recording shows that McMorris Rodgers and Nunes both support impeaching Rod Rosenstein in order to protect Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. They just don’t want to do it yet, they say, because they want to make sure the Senate can get Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the election.
So, here’s their plan:
1. Drum up anti-Rosenstein sentiment with sensationalism.
2. Have the Senate confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court before the election.
3. As soon as the election is over, impeach Rod Rosenstein, replacing him with someone who will fire Mueller when the President asks for Mueller to be fired.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is complicit in Trump’s plan to declare himself above the law. We have to stop her, and we have to make sure that Congress is no longer controlled by the party of Trump.
Please make a contribution so we can keep up the fight on all fronts. The future of our country is now at stake.
We Are Democrats #6: Veterans
Last week we released the sixth video in our We Are Democrats series.
If you haven’t yet met Dave Michaud from Spokane, you’re missing out. Dave is a Vietnam War veteran, a father, an attorney, and a Democrat. Watch the video below to hear his thoughts on fairness and opportunity. It was a privilege to interview Dave and to make this video.
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One of the main reasons we’ve been able expand our presence in so many parts of the state is because of monthly donations from Rise & Organize members. As primary results have come in this week, we can see that we’re making a difference — that all across the state, voters are turning to Democrats to represent them because they know that we are listening, that we are invested in their success, and that we will fight like hell for their interests in Olympia and in DC.
If you’re not already a member, please join Rise & Organize, become part of our monthly low-dollar donor program, and with just a few dollars a month, you can help us obtain the resources needed to reach even more voters in more communities throughout the state.