Record-setting $25M pours into Washington state House race

SEATTLE (AP) — More than $25 million has poured into Washington state’s 8th Congressional District race, marking it as the most expensive U.S. House contest in the country.

The Seattle Times reports that money supporting first-time candidate Dr. Kim Schrier, a Democrat and pediatrician, has totaled $16.2 million, while cash supporting Republican Dino Rossi’s campaign sits at $9.6 million.

The Center for Responsive Politics calls it the most expensive House race in the country.

It has already set the record for the most expensive House race in state history.

Democrats are trying to flip the only congressional district that substantially blends Washington’s wide-ranging political spectrum, from the ultraliberal eastern Seattle suburbs to solidly conservative rural Cascade Mountains.

Rossi is a real estate investor and longtime state lawmaker with wide name recognition.