Democrat Denny Heck grabbed an early lead against Republican Dick Muri in Washington’s new 10th Congressional District and then he expanded it.
Initial returns on Election Night put Heck up 58.43 percent to Muri’s 41.57 percent. The 10th District, stretching from Olympia to Puyallup, was created after redistricting based on the 2010 Census, which gave Washington another congressional seat.
Heck claimed victory in a dimly lit ballroom at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia with state Rep. Chris Reykdal and other Olympia area politicos in attendance. His speech reiterated campaign themes to enthusiastic cheers – touching on local issues, Joint Base Lewis McChord and working with a new Congress that in many ways will look like the old one.
To close the speech, Heck told the crowd the lesson of Saving Private Ryan – “earn this” – was the lesson he took from voters in what at the moment looks like a nearly certain win.
After the band played, Heck was careful to point out that though national results “look like an affirmation of the status quo,” he believes that those results are not approval of how Congress has functioned over the last two years.
Touching on how he’ll work with a likely majority Republican Congress, Heck says his mission will be to never stop looking for compromise. He said he is optimistic about the future resolution of the “fiscal cliff” situation for the area.