SEATTLE (AP) — Kim Schrier is the first Democrat to win the sprawling 8th Congressional District that stretches from Seattle’s eastern suburbs to central Washington farm country.
Schrier, a 50-year-old pediatrician, beat Republican Dino Rossi, a former state lawmaker who has run for governor and U.S. Senate in past elections. Schrier maintained a lead as more returns came in this week from Tuesday’s elections. Rossi conceded Wednesday night.
Republican Rep. David Reichert is retiring from a seat he’s held since 2005. The district was created after the 1980 census.
Millions of dollars of outside money had poured in to the race in the 8th District, which is one of two dozen districts nationwide that was held by the GOP but whose voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.