FINAL PRIMARY COUNT SHOWS 7TH C.D. REPUBLICAN GAINS
September 6, 2008 - There are some encouraging signs in the final tabulation of absentee ballots cast in the August 19 "top two" primary. GOP turnout in the Seventh Congressional District increased by 4,102 votes compared to the 2006 primary.
A comparison of the August 2008 primary to the previous (September 2006) primary two years ago shows that Republican voter turnout increased substantially. As expected, far left Democratic Party incumbent Jim McDermott placed first and advanced to the general election. But the following facts are worth noting:
#1 - Compared to the 2006 primary, Steve Beren, the Republican candidate, received 4,102 more votes in 2008 (an increase of 27%)
#2 - McDermott faced five opponents, the most opposition he has ever faced in any of his re-election efforts.
#3 - The five opponents combined for the most anti-McDermott votes cast in a primary since 1992
#4 - Steve Beren, the only Republican on the ballot, received 57% of the anti-McDermott vote
#5 - McDermott received 74% of the vote, down from 79% in the 2006 primary.
Steve Beren certainly faces an uphill battle as he takes on McDermott in the general election. Having increased GOP turnout in the Seventh Congressional District by 4,102 votes, he hopes to build on that total. Beren made the following statement:
"Those 4,102 additional voters are also going to vote for Dino Rossi, Rob McKenna, and the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket. Even an incremental increase in Republican turnout can help make the difference in our state. My campaign is making a difference; my campaign is a campaign worth supporting."
Source for 2008 primary results: http://tinyurl.com/6h8ere
Source for 2004 and 2006 past primary results: http://tinyurl.com/l33vm
Source for 1990 through 2002 past primary results: http://tinyurl.com/z8lo9
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