New federal campaign finance records have been posted and show at least a couple of congressional races in the state will be competitive, high-spending affairs. Here are some highlights:
3rd District: Not surprisingly, the seat being vacated by Vancouver Democrat Brian Baird has attracted a crowd of contenders. Leading the money-raising pack are Olympia Democrat Denny Heck, who’s raised $569,610 as of March 31 (including $250,000 of his own money), trailed by Republican state Rep. Jaime Herrera of Ridgefield, who is closing in on $200,000.
Read Brad Shannon’s recent post for more analysis of the race.
8th District: The conventional storyline so far has focused on Democrats trying to hold onto their seats this fall, but in Washington’s 8th District, Democrats have hopes of unseating GOP Congressman Dave Reichert.
The 8th is perennially up for grabs. It comprises suburban swing voters from Seattle’s Eastside down into central and east Pierce County. Reichert, the former King County Sheriff, held the seat against two attempts from Darcy Burner, in 2006 and 2008.
This year, he faces a challenge from another well-funded former tech executive, Suzan DelBene, who’s reported raising $1.27 million to Reichert’s $1.33 million. She reported $838,878 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter, ahead of Reichert’s $715,859.
U.S. Senate: And then we have Sen. Patty Murray vs. a small army of potential GOP opponents. With a war chest well in the seven figures, she would have a jump on Dino Rossi if he decides to get in the race. Among the dozen other announced GOP candidates, the early standouts are Whatcom County businessman Paul Akers, State Sen. Don Benton and former NFL player Clint Didier.
These widgets from the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org) give the full numbers.