Big money in WA’s U.S. House races

Jul 25, 2010, 8:27 AM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

voteIn fewer than 100 days, people across the country will vote in the Midterm election with all 435 seats in the House up for election and 37 Senate seats. Democrats have the majorities in both the House and the Senate. Will it stay that way in November?

Republicans say the anti-Washington mood in the country isn’t necessarily directed at incumbents, as much as it is toward Democrats because of health care reform, financial services bailouts, and the stimulus plan. Democrats say, wait a minute, their policies have helped the country avoid another Great Depression. We are better off today than we were a year ago, they say.

What effect, if any, Tea Party have? They’re not as concerned about whether a “D” or “R” is in front of someone’s name. Washington leaders with the movement tell me they’re simply looking for the most fiscally responsible candidates.

Ballots for the August 17th primary are being mailed this week. My Election 2010 series continues Tuesday with a look at one of the most expensive House races in the country, and the only congressional district in Washington that has never elected a Democrat to represent them – the 8th.

Here are the U.S. House and Senate candidates in our state, with funds reported to the FEC between January and June of this year.

House of Representatives

District 1, Northern Seattle and suburbs:

  • Jay Inslee $900,830
  • James Watkins $216,210
  • Matthew Burke $48,582

District 2, Northern Washington including the San Juans:

  • Rick Larsen $1,058,144
  • John Koster $379,098
  • Larry Kalb $19,312

District 3, Southwest Washington:

  • Denny Heck $950,162
  • Jamie Herrera $378,116
  • David Castillo $245,334

District 4, Central Washington:

  • Doc Hastings $746,396
  • Jerame Clough $43,060
  • Other candidates in this race have not reported raising money

District 5, Eastern Washington:

  • Cathy McMorris $1,031,258
  • Randall Yearout $7,644
  • Other candidates in this race have not reported raising money

District 6, Kitsap and Olympic Penninsulas:

  • Norm Dicks $929,108
  • Doug Cloud $31,797
  • Other candidates in this race have not reported raising money

District 7, Most of Seattle:

  • Jim McDermott $421,296
  • William Hoffman $12,861
  • Donovan Rivers $3,628

District 8, Eastside, parts of Pierce and King Counties:

  • Dave Reichert $1,742,119
  • Suzan DelBene $1,653,445
  • Thomas Cramer $62,915

District 9, Part of Puget Sound from Renton to Olympia:

  • Adam Smith $590,961
  • James Postma $154,629
  • Richard Muri $77,276

U.S. Senate

This race is crowded with 20 candidates. Here are the top 5, again in terms of funds reported to the FEC in the first half of this year.

  • Patty Murray $7,116,212
  • Dino Rossi $1,410,698
  • Clint Didier $572,176
  • Paul Akers $492,031
  • Don Benton $184,534

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Big money in WA’s U.S. House races