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Democratic state Sen. Kilmer wins race to replace U.S. Rep. Dicks
Democratic state Sen. Derek Kilmer won the race to replace Rep. Norm Dicks for Washington's 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Democratic state Sen. Derek Kilmer decisively won the race to replace Rep. Norm Dicks for Washington's 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after Tuesday's incomplete vote count.
Dicks said in March he would not run for a 19th term in Congress.
Along with Kilmer, Washington's congressional incumbents cruised toward easy re-election victories Tuesday.
Kilmer, who had 58 percent of the vote, said, "I ran for Congress because a lot of middle-class families and small businesses are struggling, and they need someone who's going to fight for them."
Kilmer and real-estate executive Bill Driscoll were well-funded in the fight for the Olympic Peninsula district, which added Bainbridge Island and lost some parts of Pierce County in post-census redistricting. Driscoll, a former Weyerhaeuser executive and a descendant of the company's founder, supports abortion rights, same-sex marriage and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Kilmer also supports abortion rights and has voted in favor of same-sex marriage. He wants to end some of former President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy.
In the newly created 10th Congressional District in and around Olympia, Democrat Denny Heck comfortably led Republican Dick Muri, 58 to 42 percent.
Heck, a four-term state representative, has been a leader of the House and was chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner. In 2010, he was defeated in a bid to represent the 3rd Congressional District.
In this redrawn district, which stretches south of Seattle to Tacoma, eight-term Democratic incumbent Adam Smith easily surpassed Republican Jim Postma, 71 to 29 percent of the initial vote count.
Four-term Republican incumbent Dave Reichert bested Democrat Karen Porterfield, 59 to 41 percent, in the district that includes Lake Chelan and Mount Rainier.
Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott overwhelmed Republican Ron Bemis, 80 to 20 percent. It will be McDermott's 13th term.
Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers held off challenger Democrat Rich Cowan 62 to 38 percent in the district that includes Spokane.
In this district, which includes Yakima, incumbent Republican Doc Hastings cruised to re-election, 67 to 33 percent of the Tuesday vote count, well ahead of Democrat Mary Baechler.
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler easily outpaced Democrat Jon T. Haugen 59 to 41 percent for a second term.
In the district that includes Everett, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands, incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen easily held off Republican Dan Matthews.
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