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Category Archives: Elections

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Joe Kent spar in vigorous, heated WA-03 debate

Excerpt: Gluesenkamp Perez, a small business owner, skillfully and effectively used her experience as the owner of an auto repair shop throughout the debate to relate to people in the audience and invite them to relate to her, while Kent leaned hard into right wing populist rhetoric in an attempt to make his militant, dangerous ultra MAGA beliefs sound as appealing and mainstream as possible. 
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Are we a January 5th nation, or a January 6th nation? We Americans must decide, Senator Raphael Warnock tells Seattle crowd

Excerpt: The senator-reverend’s way of thanking donors was to raise spirits of what remains possible in this country, and the role of an enlightened government in making that possible.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Poll Watch: Elway finds solid lead for Murray; Steve Hobbs barely ahead of Julie Anderson

Excerpt: With less than a month until ballots drop, Elway Research has found a thirteen point lead for Democrats in Washington's 2022 U.S. Senate race along with a statistical tie in the Secretary of State contest.
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A close contest in WA-03: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez narrowly trails Joe Kent, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Only three percentage points separated the candidates in the survey's final head-to-head matchup, with Kent garnering 47% and Gluesenkamp Perez 44%. 9% are not sure. Those figures are almost identical to responses to the initial head-to-head question, in which Kent got 48% and Gluesenkamp Perez got 44%.
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Tiffany Smiley’s emails: Heavy on ultra MAGA cliches and feverish pleas for donations

Excerpt: The real reason for despair is that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is shoveling more than $60 million into unexpectedly difficult contests to hold onto seats of retiring Republican Senators Rob Portman and Pat Toomey in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Smiley has raised a lot of money but appears largely on her own.
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Democrats pursue 2022 sweep of 10th LD’s House seats with Navy veteran Clyde Shavers

Excerpt: Meet one of the Washington State Democratic Party's rising stars, whose performance in the Top Two election indicates that the battleground 10th Legislative District could be on the verge of sending two Democrats to the State House in 2022.
Written by:Aaron Cahen
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Washington State Debate Coalition announces October 2022 schedule of candidate debates

Excerpt: The Coalition and Braver Angels, a nonprofit working to create dialogue between progressives and conservatives, are organizing debates or candidate forums for U.S. Senate, Secretary of State, U.S. House, and even State Senate in the 26th LD.
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26th District hopefuls Adison Richards and Spencer Hutchins square off in Gig Harbor

Excerpt: Swing districts are where the “rubber meets the road” in politics -- where statewide majorities are made or lost. While Washington’s 26th Legislative District has not elected a Democratic candidate to the State House since 2012, Adison Richards’ performance in the Top Two suggests that could change this year.
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Many local Republicans either back Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy or are giving them a wink and a nod in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: Many Republican candidates in the Pacific Northwest have either done a duck dive on Trump's attack on democracy or voiced “reservations” in such a way as to appease the MAGA cult and avoid Trump's wrath. 
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Desperation time: Republicans fervidly pitch Tiffany Smiley as Senate takeover hopes dim

Excerpt: With an increasing chorus of pundits and journalists assessing that the Republican Party's hopes of recapturing the United States Senate this year are dimming, national and state Republicans are engaging in a big coordinated push to try to construct and sell the narrative that Washington State is in play for the Republican Party this year, despite a lack of evidence supporting that contention.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jaime Herrera Beutler lost because WA-03 is becoming a more normal, nationalized district

Excerpt: Herrera Beutler is a victim of the fact that the Republican coalition in her district became increasingly rural. She became reliant on pro-Trump voters who saved her in 2018, and as a result, when she broke with and then continued to criticize Trump, she scared them away and no longer had enough votes to win.
Written by:McCauley Pugh
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Poll Watch: Trafalgar tries to bolster Tiffany Smiley’s longshot challenge to Patty Murray

Excerpt: Subjective organizations are perfectly capable of carrying out objective research, but it appears that Trafalgar's goal here (given their decision to publish these unsupportable figures) is to bolster Smiley's longshot candidacy, rather than making a credible contribution to the body of public opinion research in this race. 
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Democratic congressional hopeful Marie Perez: We can beat Joe Kent, win WA-03

Excerpt: "In an initial head-to-head ballot test, before voters are primed with any additional information, Gluesenkamp Perez leads Kent, 47% to 45%, with eight percent of voters undecided," Gluesenkamp Perez's campaign said in a release.
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Democratic hopeful and Alaska Native Mary Peltola wins special election for U.S. House

Excerpt: The results do still have to be certified, but things look solid for Peltola. She appears destined to become the first federal official in Alaska to be elected under the state's new ranked choice voting system, which allows voters to rank candidates in the order they prefer rather than voting for just one candidate. 
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