Incumbent Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) will face Democrat Lisa Brown in the November general election, according to an Associated Press projection.
McMorris Rodgers, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, is the highest-ranking House Republican leader who is considered to be at risk for defeat this year, and Tuesday’s results will do little to change that perception.
With 58 percent of the precincts reporting, McMorris Rodgers lead Brown, a former Washington state senator, by less than 1,000 votes, with ballots still to be counted in Spokane County — the district’s most populous, where Brown is expected to run the strongest.
Washington state has Top 2 primaries, in which the top two candidates face off in the general election, regardless of party.
When a Washington Post reporter visited the district in late May, McMorris Rodgers faced pointed questions about her support for President Trump’s agenda, but she also enjoyed support from middle-class women in her district.
Both McMorris Rodgers and Brown have been strong fundraisers, and they have both been on the eastern Washington broadcast airwaves for weeks.