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United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in Washington was held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent the state of Washington in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 4, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The election coincided with the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Washington has nine seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Its 2007-2008 congressional delegation consisted of six Democrats and three Republicans. That remains unchanged, although the District 8 race was considered competitive: "toss up" for Cook, "no clear favorite" for CQ Politics and "toss up/tilt Republican" for Rothenberg.[1][2][3]

The Top 2 Primary election was held August 19, 2008.[4]


  • Races and results 1
  • References 2
  • External links 3
  • See also 4

Races and results

Because of Washington's new "Top 2" primary system, only two names were on the ballot in each congressional race. Incumbents held their seats in all nine congressional races in Washington. The table below shows the certified election results[5] with the winner of each race listed in bold.

District Incumbent Party Elected Status 2008 Candidates Results
Washington 1 Jay Inslee Democrat 1998 Running Jay Inslee (D) (cw)
Larry Ishmael (R) (cw)
Washington 2 Rick Larsen Democrat 2000 Running Rick Larsen (D) (cw)
Rick Bart (R) (cw)
Washington 3 Brian Baird Democrat 1998 Running Brian Baird (D) (cw)
Michael Delavar (R) (cw)
Washington 4 Doc Hastings Republican 1994 Running Doc Hastings (R) (cw)
George Fearing (D) (cw)
Washington 5 Cathy McMorris Republican 2004 Running Cathy McMorris (R) (cw)
Mark Mays (D) (cw)
Washington 6 Norm Dicks Democrat 1976 Running Norm Dicks (D) (cw)
Doug Cloud (R) (cw)
Washington 7 Jim McDermott Democrat 1988 Running Jim McDermott (D) (cw)
Steve Beren (R) (cw)
Washington 8 Dave Reichert Republican 2004 Running Dave Reichert (R) (cw)
Darcy Burner (D) (cw)
Washington 9 Adam Smith Democrat 1996 Running Adam Smith (D) (cw)

James Postma (R) (cw)



  1. ^ House The Cook Political Report
  2. ^ U.S. House, Washington - 8th District CQ Politics
  3. ^ 2008 House Ratings from The Rotherberg Political Report, July 4, 2008
  4. ^ Top 2 Primary: FAQs for Voters Washington Secretary of State
  5. ^

External links

  • Elections from the Washington Secretary of State
  • Map of districts
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Washington at Project Vote Smart
  • Washington U.S. House Races from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions for Washington congressional races from
  • NWProgressive Institute blog on candidates

See also

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