Election results 2018

Cathy McMorris Rodgers took all counties for the 5th Congressional District. 

Democrats took control of the U.S House on Tuesday, but the blue wave didn’t extend to Washington’s 5th Congressional District. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defeated Democratic challenger Lisa Brown by 11 percent, as of Wednesday night. 

The 11-point deficit, if it stands, would be the smallest margin of victory for McMorris Rodgers. 

This was the most expensive election the district has seen in recent memory, with each candidate raising more than $5 million. 

With Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen in Florida retiring, McMorris Rodgers will become the second-most senior Republican woman in the House of Representatives and the fourth in Congress. 

Voter turnout in the county is estimated at 63 percent, a 7 percent increase from 2014’s midterms. 

At the national level, Republicans gained an even larger majority in the Senate. One seat that didn’t flip comes from Washington. 

Sen. Maria Cantwell beat Republican challenger Susan Hutchison by a wide margin. Cantwell, who was first elected in 2001, will head to D.C. for a fourth term. 

On the statewide ballot, initiative 1631, which would implement a tax on carbon emissions, failed with just 44 percent approval. 

The campaign to prohibit cities from enacting taxes on consumable goods like candy and soda passed with 55 percent. 

A state initiative to increase the age to buy a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, as well as increase background checks and strengthen gun storage laws, passed. 

A $495 million bond to build three new middle schools in Spokane, as well as renovate other schools, passed with 67 percent. 

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