No debates. No cash advantage. No problem.
Not so far, at least.
In his fourth bid for Congress, Republican incumbent Dave Reichert held a comfortable lead early over first-time campaigner and Democrat Suzan DelBene in the race for Washington’s 8th District seat representing eastern King and Pierce Counties.
After the first ballot drops Tuesday, Reichert, the former King County Sheriff from Auburn, held leads in both King and Pierce Counties over DelBene, a high-tech entrepreneur and former Microsoft executive from Medina.
Reichert was expected on-hand at tonight’s GOP Election Night party at the Bellevue Hilton.
“We’re very optimistic about the early returns,” Darren Littell, his campaign spokesman, responded in an email after the first returns.
If trends hold, Reichert, 60, is headed for victory despite a strong negative campaign mounted against his record by DelBene, 48, who sunk $2.3 million of her own money into the race. In all, she was out-raising Reichert $3.8 million to $2.3 million as of the last campaign finance reports.
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