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Sen. Cantwell Expected To Easily Win Third Term

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SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is likely to clinch her third term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while the race for one Washington’s redrawn congressional districts remains a toss-up.

Cantwell, the state’s Democratic junior senator, led from the start, amassing a money war chest worth more than $8 million that dwarfed Baumgartner’s effort of a $1 million.

Baumgartner is a first-term state senator from the Spokane area who previously worked as a foreign policy consultant.

In the newly redrawn 1st Congressional district, Democrat Suzan DelBene faces Republican John Koster Tuesday in the state’s closest congressional race.

Spanning from the suburbs of King County to the Canadian border in Whatcom County, the sprawling and redrawn district was seen as a toss-up throughout the election. It is Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee’s old seat.

DelBene, a former Microsoft executive, defeated a group of Democrats in the primary to challenge Koster, who faced little opposition from his own party. DelBene has spent more than $2 million of her own money in the campaign.

After the 2010 Census, Washington gained a congressional seat. The state now has 10.

Denny Heck, a longtime Democratic politician, is leading Republican Dick Muri, a Pierce County councilmen, in the race for the state’s newest district — the 10th, which covers sections of Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties.

Former state senator Derek Kilmer appears to be headed to Congress as retiring Rep. Norm Dicks’ replacement. Kilmer, a Democrat, won Dicks’ endorsement early on for the seat that covers most of the Olympic Peninsula.

Incumbent Democrats Rick Larsen, Adam Smith and Jim McDermott from the Puget Sound region are also expected to win re-election.

In the Republican stronghold of Eastern Washington, GOP incumbents Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are cruising to re-election campaigns. In southwest Washington, Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler also seems headed to re-election.

Newly redrawn districts favor Republican representatives Dave Reichert and Jaime Herrera Beutler. Reichert did not see much opposition this year for his seat covering eastern King and Pierce counties as well as parts of Douglas, Chelan and Kittitas counties. In his old, less rural district, Reichert saw contested and expensive races, including one against DelBene in 2010. In southwest Washington, Beutler also seems headed to re-election.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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