Washington’s 8th District vulnerable to GOP recapture

Dr. Kim Schrier, incumbent freshman Democrat in Washington’s 8th Congressional district, might be a one-termer, an article in the Seattle Times hinted. She’s no friend to her gun owning constituents. (Snip from a 2018 Schrier campaign ad.)

Freshman Democrat Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier, whom voters allegedly took for a moderate but who turned out to be a “Seattle-style progressive”—according to her Republican challenger—could become a one-term wonder in Washington State’s 8th Congressional District, an article in the Seattle Times hinted.

The California-born-and-raised pediatrician only pulled in 43 percent of the primary vote while the combined tallies of her three Republican challengers had a combined vote of 49 percent. Two other Democrats pulled in a meager four percent of the primary vote, but Republicans want the 8th District back. Schrier’s win in 2018 was the first time a Democrat claimed a victory in that district.

Schrier had never run for public office prior to her congressional race. She had lived in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah where she was a pediatrician for 17 years.

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She’s being challenged by another first-timer, Jesse Jensen, a decorated former Army Ranger who shares with Schrier the fact that he is not a Washington native. But hailing from South Dakota, in the eyes of many Evergreen Staters, is considerably more acceptable than being from the Golden State. He is a program manager at Amazon, and he is 37 years old, where Schrier is 52.

Washingtonians have a term for what has happened to their once-pristine state. It’s been “Californicated,” and liberals like Schrier, they believe, are responsible. When they moved north, they brought their politics along.

Jensen told the Seattle Times that 8th District voters are feeling “buyer’s remorse” after one term. The 8th District crosses from western to eastern Washington, and gun owners in that mixed district feel Schrier doesn’t represent them at all.

The problem Jensen faces is money. His campaign needs a lot of it. He also needs every Republican vote in the district. With money will come advertising and name familiarity.

The newspaper says Democrats are not in a panic. They think the presidential election will bring their voters out by the legions. The flip side of that is Republican voters are also likely to vote heavily to reclaim their district and possibly turn two-term Gov. Jay Inslee out of office in his try for a third term.

Challenging Inslee is Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, the populist rural lawman who made national headlines two years ago when he refused to enforce provisions of the then-newly passed Initiative 1639, an extremist gun control measure that was opposed by a majority of Washington sheriffs and boots-on-the-ground police officers and sheriff’s deputies.

There is also a challenge to Democrat Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has spent the past three years filing federal lawsuits against the Trump administration, a fact that irritates many Washington residents who feel he hasn’t been paying attention to business here at home.

With all of those factors in play, there may be a re-capture of the 8th District, and Washington may just see a new governor—the first Republican to win that office since 1985—take control and start returning the Evergreen State to some semblance of the place it was before, one elective office at a time.


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