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Spokesman-Review: Republicans vying for McMorris Rodgers’ seat make early pitches to their base

By Emry Dinman

There has been a flurry of activity in Eastern Washington following the surprise announcement last month that longtime Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not seek re-election this year, creating a rare opening for a Republican political hopeful in Washington to seek higher office.

Baumgartner said a candidate for this congressional seat needed to accomplish three things: defeat Democrats, “drain the swamp” and “make Eastern Washington great.” He argued his record in Olympia proved he could do all three, pointing to his victory over an incumbent Democrat in his highly competitive state Senate campaign in 2010.

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