Seattle Times: WA-03 is the Race to Watch on Election Night
In the Seattle Times, ‘Herrera Beutler became among the last of the anti-Trump GOP holdouts in the nation to fall in line.’
VANCOUVER, WA — The Seattle Times identified the congressional race in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District as a race to watch on election night, because of how Congresswoman Herrera Buetler has gone hard right and fallen in line with President Trump in an independent-minded district.
In 2017 Congresswoman Herrera Buetler did not want her name next to President Trump’s. What changed? In the last three years, Trump failed to respond to the pandemic, relentlessly assaulted Americans’ access to affordable health care and passed a tax plan that favors large corporations over the mom and pop shops across Southwest Washington.
What’s worse? Congresswoman Herrera Beutler is in lockstep with Trump. She supported a lawsuit that could end the Affordable Care Act, causing 10s of millions of Americans with preexisting conditions to lose that protections and 650,000 Washingtonians to lose their care. Herrera Beutler sold out Southwest Washington and she bought in on Donald Trump.
Read excerpts of their story below and read the full article here:
“But when Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Southwest Washington answered firmly “I am” to a newspaper’s question of “are you going to vote for Trump this year?” it was as if one of the final patches in a national crazy quilt was being laid into place. Herrera Beutler became among the last of the anti-Trump GOP holdouts in the nation to fall in line.”
“Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party is pretty much complete. Political scientists may well look back on this era and wonder: How did it happen? And why did the party of conservatives so willingly go along?”
“It’s all a tell that the national political players feel this is the only congressional race in the state that’s really in play.”
“So what’s going on down in Southwest Washington?
Simple: Of the two dozen Pacific coastline congressional districts in the lower 48 states, Washington’s Third is the only one left still represented by a Republican. The Trump era has all but wiped out GOP moderates — Herrera Beutler is one of the last ones standing.
Second, this is a state where the incumbent president may be headed for defeat by historic margins.”
“This is the one to watch on election night, as it will decide whether one of the lasting legacies of Trumpism isn’t cobbling together a crazy-quilt of a new political party, but turning the entire West Coast a uniform shade of blue.”