Washington's 8th congressional district
|Washington's 8th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Dave Reichert (R–Auburn)|
|Area||7,359.70 sq mi (19,061.5 km2)|
Washington's 8th congressional district includes the eastern portions of King and Pierce counties and crosses the Cascade mountains to include Chelan and Kittitas counties. The population centers on the west side of the mountains include the exurban communities of Sammamish, Issaquah, and Auburn. On the east side, the 8th's population centers are rural communities Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Ellensburg. It is currently represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Republican Dave Reichert.
The 8th district was initially created after the 1980 U.S. Census. After the 2010 U.S. Census, The state responded to population changes by shifting much of the "Eastside" portions of what was the 8th District to the 9th District, and added regions east of the Cascades to the 8th District.
Since its creation, 8th District has consistently been held by a Republican. At the same time, the 8th District has voted for the Democratic nominee in the past seven Presidential elections (since 1992). Prior to the 2011 redistricting, the district had the peculiarity of having a Democratic advantage according to its Cook PVI, but only having elected Republicans to Congress throughout its history. The District's PVI is now even after the 2010 redistricting and the GOP winning streak is still active as of the 2016 election.
In 2004, Reichert, at the time serving as the sheriff of King County, beat his Democratic opponent Dave Ross by 52% to 48% in the race to replace 12-year incumbent Jennifer Dunn; that year, voters in the district favored Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
Responding to Reichert's perceived vulnerability, former Microsoft program manager Darcy Burner (D) challenged Rep. Reichert in 2006, in what was widely expected to be a close election. Influential election analyst Charlie Cook listed the contest among 68 competitive or potentially competitive House races to watch in 2006, categorizing it as a "toss-up" (defined as "the most competitive; Either party has a good chance of winning"). Burner was one of 22 House challengers selected by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for fundraising assistance with its "Red to Blue" program, aimed at unseating vulnerable Republican incumbents around the country.
In the end, Reichert won re-election, defeating Burner by just 7,341 votes out of more than 250,000 cast. The outcome of the race was not decided for almost a week after the election, as severe flooding in the eastern part of the district delayed the counting of absentee ballots.
In the 2008 election, Reichert faced Burner again in a rematch that many election watchers again described as one of the nation's hottest contests. This time, Reichert defeated Burner 53 percent to 47 percent, a solid victory despite Barack Obama' 15-point margin in the district.
In the 2010 election, Reichert and Democrat Suzan DelBene advanced out of the Washington State Top 2 Primaries with 47.2% and 26.9% of the vote, respectively. Reichert prevailed over DelBene in the General Election 52.1% to 47.9%. In this election, Reichert won both King and Pierce counties even after losing some key endorsements, including the Seattle Times, which endorsed Suzan DelBene and Tim Dillon in the primaries.
In the 2012 election, Reichert ran against Democrat Karen Porterfield, Associate Dean and Public Administration Lecturer at Seattle University. James Windle of Snoqualmie Pass also ran against Reichert as an independent candidate, but dropped out of the race in August 2012.
In the 2014 election, Reichert defeated Democrat Jason Ritchie, a small business owner from Issaquah.
In the 2016 election, Reichert defeated Democrat Tony Ventrella, a former newscaster. Ventrella did not think he would beat the other candidates in the field and dropped out in July of 2016 only to finish second overall and restart his campaign in the general election.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2016||President||Clinton 48 - 45%|
|2012||President||Obama 50 - 48%|
|2008||President||Obama 57 - 42%|
|2004||President||Kerry 51 - 48%|
|2000||President||Gore 49 - 47%|
|1996||President||Clinton 47 - 41%|
|1992||President||Clinton 38 - 34%|
|1988||President||Bush 56 - 43%|
|1984||President||Reagan 62 - 37%|
List of representatives
|District created||January 3, 1983|
|Rod Chandler||Republican||January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993||Redmond|
|Jennifer Dunn||Republican||January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2005||Bellevue|
|Dave Reichert||Republican||January 3, 2005 – present||Auburn||Incumbent|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2008
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2010
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2016
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2018
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Jennifer Dunn, who lived in Bellevue, represented Washington's 8th District in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2004.
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