Locking in her status as the the Democratic Party's preferred choice, 1st Congressional District candidate Suzan DelBene picked up her second endorsement from a member of Washington State's delegation in Congress today.

US Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA, 9), the moderate Democrat from Pierce County, endorsed DelBene, who's in a five-way Democratic intramural to get through the August 7 primary.

US Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2) has already endorsed DelBene. Larsen's northwestern Washington district contains much of the rural turf that was moved into the new 1st District that DelBene is trying to represent. Smith's district, Washington State's first majority-minority district, covers Tacoma, the Tacoma 'burbs and, thanks to redistricting, sweeps up into King County's south Seattle 'burbs.

Netroots liberal activist Darcy Burner is leading the Democratic pack in most polls. (She released her required pre-primary fundraising stats a few days early today, hyping her number of small contributors; $40 on average for $61,000 raised so far this month.)

As DelBene hyped a quote from Rep. Smith—“She has the right combination of public and private sector experience needed to deliver results to families in the 1st Congressional District. Suzan knows what it will take to get our economy back on track and rebuild the middle class"—the Burner camp was hyping quotes from donors. For example, "Linda in Woodinville" said: “Darcy is the only true progressive in the District 1 race. Washington needs help moving in the right (read ‘true democratic and right and fair for all the people’) direction. While the other democrats in the race will likely vote with the Dems in Congress, only Darcy will take the lead."

The top Democrat will almost certainly go on to face Republican Snohomish County Council  member John Koster, whose base of support in the primary isn't being carved up by GOP competitors.

Earlier today, the Everett Herald endorsed DelBene, the former director of the State Department of Revenue and also a former Microsoft exec.
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