Dems Take Long-Held GOP House Seat In Washington State

The seat has been held by Republicans for over a decade.
MORTON, WA - OCTOBER 05:  Republican Congressional candidate Joe Kent talks with supporters at a campaign event on October 5, 2022 in Morton, Washington. Kent, who has the support of former President Donald Trump and in the primary defeated moderate incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, who voted for Trump's impeachment, faces Democratic nominee Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November for the state's 3rd Congressional District seat.  (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez won the open seat in the state’s 3rd Congressional District over Trump-endorsed Republican Joe Kent.
  • The Associated Press on Saturday called the race in favor of Perez, who had 50.8% of the vote, compared to 49.2% for Kent with with 70% of the ballots counted.
  • Kent has yet to concede the race.
  • “What the media says is irrelevant, it’s another narrative designed to stop voters from ballot curing & to force me to concede – not gonna happen,” he tweeted.
  • The seat is now held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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