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.