Former state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D), an ex-Chancellor of Washington State University Spokane, announced that she will enter the Democratic primary with the goal of challenging House Republican Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) next year. The eastern Washington district, which stretches from the Canadian border all the way to Oregon with the major population anchor in Spokane, is a reliably Republican district. President Trump carried the seat, 52-39%, despite losing the state, 37-52%. Ms. McMorris Rodgers was first elected in 2004 and scored a 60% re-election victory last November.
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