Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won an eighth term representing Washington State’s 5th Congressional District over challenger Lisa Brown. The election was called by the Associated Press with only 55 percent of precincts reporting and McMorris Rodgers leading 56 percent to 41.
McMorris Rodgers, who has represented the district since 2005, faced an unexpectedly close race, with the Cook Political Report projecting the normally solid Republican district as Lean Republican. She led by only four points in Washington’s top-two primary and the district garnered national attention as Democratic hopes of an upset grew.
However, McMorris Rodgers ultimately won by a comfortable margin in a district that went for President Trump by 13 points in 2016.
She will return to Congress as the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House. She has served as Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference since 2013, and in 2014 she delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address.
Her opponent, Brown, is the former Majority Leader of the Washington State Senate, an economics professor, and Chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. She is also a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers may have won her race tonight, but Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) plans to challenge her in a leadership race later this month.— POLITICO (@politico) November 7, 2018
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