Brown and McMorris Rodgers Neck-and-Neck as of 8:45 p.m.
SPOKANE – Primary Election results show a competitive race between Lisa Brown and 14-year incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers as we enter the general election. As of 8:45 p.m., Brown is winning two of the key counties in WA-05, Spokane and Whitman.
Tonight’s numbers confirm what district polls and national political commentators have said for months — that McMorris Rodgers is in the toughest reelection campaign of her career. She began running negative attack ads in June, has invited outside Republicans like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) to eastern Washington for high-dollar fundraisers, and has accepted more than $1 million in special interest donations this cycle alone.
“Instead of taking on the issues that voters care about, like health care, prescription drug costs, and tariffs and the trade war, we have a broken Congress stuck in partisan gridlock,” Brown said. “After 14 years in Congress, our current representative is part of that problem. Tonight’s results reflect what I continue to hear from voters throughout the district – that eastern Washington is ready for a change, and a new voice who puts our priorities over either political party.”
The Lisa Brown campaign has ridden a wave of grassroots support to the Primary. More than 12,248 individual supporters have contributed to her campaign. Most of them live in eastern Washington, and four out of five of them live in Washington state. The campaign has field offices in Spokane, Walla Walla, Pullman, Cheney, and Colville, and more than 1,000 people have come to volunteer events since May.
Additionally, national analysts like the Cook Political Report have shifted the race twice in Brown’s favor – from Solid Republican to Likely Republican to Lean Republican – and recently included WA-05 on a list of districts poised to become toss-ups.
“Tonight we’re celebrating months of hard work with our volunteers and supporters, tomorrow we’re back on the road meeting with voters from Colville to Clarkston, Liberty Lake to Medical Lake all the way to November,” Brown said.