Washington Senate: Key Stories
In Wash. Senate Matchup, a Battle of Opposites
October 21, 1998
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)Murray holds a clear but narrow lead over Rep. Linda A. Smith (R-Wash.), a conservative populist who has often outperformed the polls, in the only 1998 Senate race with opposing female candidates. In their first and probably only televised debate, the rivals took opposite stands on everything from the impeachment of the president to abortion, affirmative action, hate crime legislation, trade with China, taxes, political action committees (PACs) and especially the federal role in education.
Smith Wins Washington Senate Primary
September 16, 1998
Conservative Rep. Linda Smith defeated a moderate millionaire Tuesday for the Republican nomination to face Sen. Patty Murray.
GOP Divisions on Display in Wash. State
September 15, 1998
Just four days before the election, only about 30 percent of the absentee ballots in the hands of voters had been returned, suggesting that predictions of an exceptionally low turnout are accurate. And given her core of hard-line supporters, that could be good news for Rep. Linda A. Smith (R-Wash.) in her race against lawyer Chris Bayley for the GOP Senate nomination and the right to challenge Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in November.
Clinton Woes a Snag for 3 Female Incumbents
March 28, 1998
The sex and perjury allegations against President Clinton are causing much awkwardness for Democrats, none more than the three female senators who rode into office on Anita Hill's coattails six years ago.
3 Female Senators Face Hurdles to 2nd Terms
October 14, 1997
In 1992, the political environment was just right for the three
Democrats: Bill Clinton was on the top of the party's ticket, and the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in Congress was seared into the minds of many voters in the wake of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Senate hearings. The result was the "Year of the Woman," when Congress saw a record increase of 22 women.
GOP Rep. Smith Will Challenge Sen. Murray
May 13, 1997
Maverick two-term Rep. Linda Smith (R-Wash.) said she will seek her party's nomination to challenge Sen. Patty Murray (D) next year. Smith, has been a thorn in the side of House GOP leaders on the campaign finance issue and irked Republicans when she did not vote for Newt Gingrich's reelection as speaker. Smith has also pledged to not take money from political action committees and said she would not hold fund-raising events in Washington, D.C.