As we prepare for the 2020 elections, Yesh Ginsburg and Steen Kirby will give a general overview of all 435 United States House of Representatives races. This is a basic overview to introduce you to the major candidates. All Partisan Lean numbers are taken from the Cook Partisan Voting Index. We will update this page as the races progress if anything noteworthy arises.
Washington has ten Congressional Districts, so we’re splitting them up between two articles. Republicans currently control three of the ten Districts in the state, all three of which were in the first article. This article will focus on the other five Districts, all of which are held by Democrats.
Like California, Washington utilizes a “jungle primary” system, where everyone runs in a primary, and the top two move on to the general election.
Washington’s 6th Congressional District
Incumbent: Derek Kilmer (Democratic, fourth term)
Partisan Lean: D+6
|Derek Kilmer (D)||206,409||63.89|
|Douglas Dightman (R)||116,677||36.11|
|Derek Kilmer (D)||201,718||61.53|
|Todd Bloom (R)||126,116||38.47|
Elizabeth Kreiselmaier (campaign website)
Kreiselmaier is a conservative Republican, focusing on anything from building the wall to opening healthcare competition. She also, interestingly, registered the domain cleanupthehouse.com for her campaign website.
Derek Kilmer (campaign website)
Kilmer is a consistent Democrat in Congress, who focuses his campaign mostly on local issues and liberal ideas. His opponent isn’t spending much or campaigning too heavily, so he should continue to easily carry this district.
Washington’s 7th Congressional District
Incumbent: Pramila Jayapal (Democratic, second term)
Partisan Lean: D+33
|Pramila Jayapal (D)||329,800||83.56|
|Craig Keller (R)||64,881||16.44|
|Pramila Jayapal (D)||212,010||55.98|
|Brady Walkinshaw (D)||166,744||44.02|
Craig Keller (campaign website)
Keller cleared 15% in 2018, and it will be interesting to see if he can pass that marker again.
Pramila Jayapal (campaign website)
Jayapal doesn’t get the attention that “the squad” does, but she is one of the initial most consistent progressive voices in Congress.
Yesh’s notes: She was elected a term before being progressive gained national attention, but there is every reason to give Jayapal most of the credit and attention that AOC currently gets for leading the progressive charge in Congress.
Washington’s 8th Congressional District
Incumbent: Kim Schrier (Democratic, first term)
Partisan Lean: EVEN
|Kim Schrier (D)||164,089||52.42|
|Dino Rossi (R)||148,968||47.58|
|Dave Reichert (R)||193,145||60.2|
|Tony Ventrella (D)||127,720||39.8|
Jesse Jensen (campaign website)
Jensen is a somewhat moderate Republican, pushing for protecting pre-existing conditions and also for both individual and business stimulus programs to come out of COVID-19. He is pushing for a chance in forest management to help prevent wildfires, a potentially effective tactic given the current issues.
Kim Schrier (campaign website)
Schrier is a very liberal Democrat, campaigning to move for Medicare for All. Her other positions aren’t as progressive. This district is shifting bluer and she flipped it in 2018 after Reichert
Washington’s 9th Congressional District
Incumbent: Adam Smith (Democratic, 12th term)
Partisan Lean: D+21
|Adam Smith (D)||163,345||67.9|
|Sarah Smith (D)||77,222||32.1|
|Adam Smith (D)||205,165||72.89|
|Doug Basler (R)||76,317||27.11|
Doug Basler (campaign website)
Basler is not campaigning much. He supports President Trump, and his website has a major disclaimer touting the misunderstanding that COVID-19 has only killed 6% of the official deaths.
Adam Smith (campaign website)
Smith is a consistent Democratic vote in Congress. He is very liberal, supporting Medicare for All. He should easily win this safe blue seat.
Washington’s 10th Congressional District
Incumbent: Denny Heck (Democratic, fourth term)
Partisan Lean: D+5
|Denny Heck (D)||166,215||61.54|
|Joseph Brumbles (R)||103,860||38.46|
|Denny Heck (D)||170,460||58.67|
|Jim Postma (R)||120,104||41.33|
No Republican advanced to the general election in this district.
Beth Doglio (campaign website)
Marylin Strickland (campaign website)
In a 19-way primary, two Democrats advanced, with no one winning 21% of the vote. Both candidates are very liberal, and both are making housing and homelessness a priority. Doglio is the more progressive of the two, explicitly calling for Medicare for All (Strickland favors a public option) and a Green New Deal-style climate plan.
Democrats currently hold all five of these seats, and it would be very surprising if that changed.
Interested in the rest of our primers for other House races? We have them all listed on our primer home page.