In Washington State the big midterm races are for the Senate along with the the Eighth and Ninth out of 10 Congressional Districts in what is a historically deep blue state.
Former state Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison is up against third-term incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell for the Senate.
During an early October debate, Hutchison emphasized her support for economic growth created by President Trump and his administration when she was asked about tax cuts.
“Look at the statistics — we have four million new jobs since those tax cuts took effect and we’ve got almost that many people off of food stamps, this is progress,” she stated.
The Eighth District nominee Republican is real estate investor Dino Rossi, who is facing Democrat Kim Schrier. Both are hoping to replace retiring Republican Representative David Reichert.
Rossi is campaigning on public safety, economic growth and immigration reform. During a mid-October debate, he expressed the importance of a secure and functioning border.
“It’s too easy to get here illegally and too hard to get here legally — that’s the problem,” he stated. “And we need to make sure that we have border security whether it’s a physical barrier, or it could be electronic monitoring, or human beings as well.”
Washington’s top-two primary system resulted in two Democrats on the mail-only ballot in the Ninth District, where it is a battle between two Smiths. Incumbent Congressman Adam Smith has been in office since the 1990s and is up against Sarah Smith, who leans closer to the socialist side of the party.