United States Representative Kim Schrier will be returning to Congress for a third consecutive term representing the geographic heart of Washington State, The Associated Press and The Seattle Times projected today.
After three counts, Schrier remains more than ten thousand votes ahead of Republican challenger Matt Larkin, who unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General two years ago against Democratic incumbent Bob Ferguson.
Larkin is the third Republican candidate to be vanquished by Schrier in what is the state’s only “tossup” congressional district. Schrier previously defeated perennial candidate Dino Rossi in 2018 and then beat Jesse Jensen in 2020.
The 8th Congressional District was continuously held by Republicans from its formation until the 2018 midterms, when the Democratic Party made capturing it a top priority. Schrier — a pediatrician from Issaquah who has worked extremely hard to represent communities on both sides of the Cascades — made protecting reproductive rights and investing in public safety her key 2022 themes.
“I am honored to represent this district once again in Congress,” said Representative Schrier in a victory statement. “This election was a choice about who this district wants as their voice in the other Washington. I am thrilled that our work to bring down costs, protect a woman’s right to choose, and support local police resonated with people across the 8th district. We have more work to do and you can count on me to continue to deliver results for this district.”
“Republicans attacked the Congresswoman on the airwaves for months and spent over $8 million in their efforts to flip this seat, with nothing to show for it,” said an elated Hana Tadesse, Schrier’s campaign spokesperson. “The voters of the eighth district made it clear who they want representing them. This decisive victory proved there is no one better suited for the job than Kim.”
The DCCC swiftly chimed in with its congratulations.
“Congratulations to Congresswoman Kim Schrier on her re-election,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who was unsuccessful in his own campaign.
“Congresswoman Schrier has proven to be an independent and effective voice for the people of Washington’s 8th Congressional District. She has gotten thirteen bills signed into law since taking office, including legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs like insulin, and has always stood up for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. I’m confident that she will continue this important work on behalf of Washington families in Congress.”
An unreleased June 2022 NPI poll of the 8th Congressional District suggested that Schrier would have a three point advantage over Larkin in a hypothetical general election matchup. Schrier’s current margin of victory is just over four points.
As in previous cycles, Schrier’s win was powered by suburban and exurban King County, where she has 62.19% of the vote. Though she isn’t winning any of the counties east of the mountains, she’s doing better than a Democratic candidate usually does, which is also contributing to her advantage over Larkin. In fact, Schrier has a higher percentage of the vote in Douglas, Kittitas, and Chelan counties than she does in the Pierce County WA-08 precincts.
Democrats hammered Larkin relentlessly for saying that “this isn’t the year for moderation” and idolizing ultra MAGA extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene. Larkin also caught flak for arguing that Washington’s minimum wage should be lowered.
Larkin attempted to portray himself as reasonable and thoughtful in his only debate with Schrier, but stumbled a few times, including when he said he “condoned” the attack on Paul Pelosi instead of saying that he “condemned” it.
Republicans had hoped to take WA-08 as part of a “red wave” night.
But instead, it was Schrier and her team who celebrated having a healthy lead on Election Night and another empowering victory to look forward to.