NPI's Cascadia Advocate

Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Democratic Party’s Manka Dhingra pads lead over Republican Jinyoung Englund in 45th LD

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­ate hope­ful Man­ka Dhin­gra has sur­passed 51% in the sec­ond round of Top Two elec­tion vote count­ing, putting more dis­tance between her­self and Repub­li­can oppo­nent Jiny­oung Lee Englund in the fierce­ly con­test­ed race to elect a suc­ces­sor to appointee Dino Rossi in the 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict.

As of last night, Dhin­gra had 50.51% and a 1,876 vote lead, with 11,928 votes to Englund’s 10,052. Today, her lead expand­ed to 2,556 votes.

If the trend con­tin­ues, Dhin­gra will be nice­ly posi­tioned to head into the autumn hav­ing aced what amount­ed to a manda­to­ry dress rehearsal.

Dhin­gra’s can­di­da­cy is record-set­ting in many ways, includ­ing with respect to per­for­mance. No Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date for the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate in the 45th Dis­trict has led by this many votes against a Repub­li­can oppo­nent before, although Demo­c­ra­t­ic state rep­re­sen­ta­tives Lar­ry Springer and Roger Good­man have eas­i­ly dis­patched Repub­li­can oppo­nents in their House races in recent cycles.

Demo­c­ra­t­ic activists all over Wash­ing­ton State have been cel­e­brat­ing Dhin­gra’s strong show­ing in the ini­tial results since the minute the num­bers dropped last night. Today, they have rea­son to cel­e­brate yet again.

Last night, I not­ed that Dhin­gra may have actu­al­ly been helped by all of the neg­a­tive attacks Repub­li­cans mount­ed against her, part­ly because the attacks were fab­ri­ca­tions that Repub­li­cans sim­ply made up out of des­per­a­tion, and part­ly because Dhin­gra has been all over the 45th intro­duc­ing her­self to vot­ers.

When peo­ple get a mail­er with grainy pic­tures and dubi­ous claims that does­n’t match the impres­sion they formed of a per­son they talked to at their door, they tend not to view the con­tents of the mail­er very cred­i­bly.

Basi­cal­ly, Repub­li­cans just spent a boat­load of mon­ey try­ing to influ­ence vot­er atti­tudes in the 45th Dis­trict, but instead of bol­ster­ing Jiny­oung’s can­di­da­cy, they wound up help­ing Man­ka Dhin­gra increase her name recog­ni­tion.

They’re so des­per­ate to cling to pow­er I expect them to try to come back in the gen­er­al elec­tion with anoth­er tor­rent of mail­ers, robo­calls, and TV ads. How­ev­er, it may all be for be for naught, just as it was in this elec­tion. Mon­ey is potent and tends to be influ­en­tial in elec­tions, but it can’t buy every­thing.

Adjacent posts

  • Sustain the Cascadia Advocate by joining us on April 17th!

    Join us on April 17th for NPI's 2020 Spring Gala
  • Can’t attend the gala? Make a donation!


    Thank you for read­ing The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate, the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute’s jour­nal of world, nation­al, and local pol­i­tics.

    Found­ed in March of 2004, The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate has been help­ing peo­ple through­out the Pacif­ic North­west and beyond make sense of cur­rent events with rig­or­ous analy­sis and thought-pro­vok­ing com­men­tary for more than fif­teen years. The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate is fund­ed by read­ers like you: we have nev­er accept­ed adver­tis­ing or place­ments of paid con­tent.

    And we’d like it to stay that way.

    Help us keep The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate edi­to­ri­al­ly inde­pen­dent and freely avail­able by becom­ing a mem­ber of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute today. Or make a dona­tion to sus­tain our essen­tial research and advo­ca­cy jour­nal­ism.

    Your con­tri­bu­tion will allow us to con­tin­ue bring­ing you fea­tures like Last Week In Con­gress, live cov­er­age of events like Net­roots Nation or the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion, and reviews of books and doc­u­men­tary films.

    Become an NPI mem­ber Make a one-time dona­tion