By Kip Hill
There’s no doubt now. The race for Congress in Eastern Washington is for real.
Out of more than 120,000 votes counted, Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a lead of a little more than 500 votes in Tuesday’s primary over Democrat Lisa Brown.
The contest, between the high-ranking congressional Republican and a Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership, has drawn national interest and big spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office.
Buoyed by the down-ticket performance of other Democrats, a beaming Brown took the stage before a crowd of 150-plus Democratic supporters at the Carpenters Hall in Spokane’s Logan Neighborhood.
“What this vote means to me is that the incumbent has had her time,” Brown told cheering supporters. “And after 14 years, that time is up.”
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