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In Historic First, Two Republicans Advancing In Wash. Congressional Race

Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District.

Never before has the state’s top-two primary produced two contenders of the same party for a Congressional seat. 

This is the seat to replace retiring Republican Doc Hastings. A dozen candidates filed to take his seat. The top-two contenders in early returns are former NFL player-turned-farmer Clint Didier and former state director of agriculture Dan Newhouse. Both are Republicans. 

Two Republicans are also likely to face off in the 31st Legislative District southeast of Seattle where state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist is challenging longtime state Sen. Pam Roach. 

And two Democrats are likely to advance in Seattle's 37th Legislative District where longtime Sen. Adam Kline is retiring.

Incumbents were largely faring well in the Washington primary with one notable exception. Tim Sheldon is a Democrat who helped Republicans take the majority in the Washington Senate in 2013. He’s in a tight three-way race. 


Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.