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Rematch in Washington’s 9th Congressional District: Smith vs. Postma

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
August 8, 2012 12:07 am

In Washington’s newly redrawn 9th Congressional District, Congressman Adam Smith is easily advancing to the general election to face a familiar foe: Republican Jim Postma.

Smith, 47, an eight-term Democratic incumbent, held a nearly 38 point advantage after the first ballot counts posted in Pierce and King Counties. Postma, 77, in his third bid for the 9th District seat, is taking nearly 23 percent of the vote, easily outdistancing three other candidates, none of whom are garnering more than 8 percent.

Smith trounced Postma in 2008, winning 65 percent of the vote to Postma’s 35.

Encompassing Northeast Tacoma and parts of south and east King Counties, including south and central Seattle, Washington’s new 9th Congressional District is the state’s first majority minority congressional district. The make- up of the new district tilts even more toward Democratic voters, according to several recent races.

Here are the primary results after the first batch of counts in Pierce and King Counties:

Votes                  Percent

Adam Smith (I), D         37,861                60.67%

Jim Postma, R                14,178                 22.72%

Tom Cramer, D                  4,647                  7.45%

Dave Christie, FDR D     2,075                    3.33%

John Orlinski, R                3,640                   5.83%

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