By Samantha Wohlfeil
It's only May — there are still six months of campaigning to go — and yet Lisa Brown has already accomplished something that eluded previous challengers who tried to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: actual hope, backed by polling, that she stands a chance of knocking off the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress.
Yes, true-blue hope... to say nothing of the money she's raised or attention she's already attracted from the national media predicting a "blue wave" of Democrats in November's midterm elections.
Hope is visible on the faces of a handful of Spokane women who've come out on a Saturday morning in early May to have coffee with Brown at a downtown market. Two of the women, planning to doorbell for her later that afternoon, are already sporting Lisa Brown T-shirts and blue-and-yellow swag emblazoned with her logo.
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