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The Latest: 9th District race to feature 2 Dems in November

August 13, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the Washington state primary (all times local):

3:51 p.m.

The 9th Congressional District will have two Democrats on the ballot in November.

Democrat Sarah Smith secured advancement to the November ballot after Monday’s ballot updates from King and Pierce Counties. She’s hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, who has represented the district for more than two decades.

Under Washington’s primary system, all candidates appear on the same ballot and the top two vote getters advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Sarah Smith was recruited to run by Brand New Congress, the same group that backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary this summer.

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3:48 p.m.

Democrat Kim Schrier has advanced in Washington’s 8th District Congressional primary, seeking to be the first member of her party to ever win the seat.

Schrier, a pediatrician, was in second place after the latest ballot update from King County Monday afternoon. The top two vote getters are placed on the November ballot, regardless of party.

Schrier will face Republican Dino Rossi, a former state lawmaker who had unsuccessful runs for governor and the U.S. Senate, in November. Long-time incumbent Dave Reichert is retiring. A Republican has held the 8th District position since it was created in 1980.

The district includes the eastern suburbs of Seattle and stretches into the rural Cascade Mountains. It is among about two dozen across the country that are held by Republicans but whose voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, making it a critical potential pickup for the Democrats trying to gain control of the House for the first time since 2010.

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