Responding to Rep. Dave Reichert’s (R-Auburn) retirement announcement yesterday, two potentially strong GOP candidates confirm they are considering entering the new open seat race. Even before Mr. Reichert decided not to seek re-election, eight Democrats had already declared their candidacies. For the Republicans, all eyes are on former gubernatorial nominee and ex-state Sen. Dino Rossi and King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, son of the late former US Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R). It is reported that Mr. Dunn will not oppose Mr. Rossi should the former decide to run. This suggests the Republicans will have a consensus candidate. The new open race is considered a toss-up.
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