With few votes left to count, Democratic candidate Kim Schrier is solidly in her second-place standing in the race to be the Eighth Congressional District's next representative. She will face Republican Dino Rossi in the November general election.
"Voters in the Eighth District made it clear that they are tired of business as usual in Washington, DC," Schrier said in a statement Tuesday morning. "Every day, we read new headlines about chaos and corruption in the White House, and watch as the Republican-held Congress sits by and does nothing to help families and workers in our district."
Schrier, an Issaquah pediatrician, has received 18.7 percent of the votes and kept a narrow, 1,116-vote lead over Democrat Jason Rittereiser. Rittereiser suspended his campaign Monday night.
On primary night, Schrier kept her message focused on Rossi, slamming him as a "career politician" and said she wants to set a sharp contrast between her and the former state legislator.
The Eighth Congressional District House seat became one of the best pickup chances for Democrats after U.S. representative Dave Reichert, a seven-term Republican incumbent, announced last year that he would not run for reelection.
Rittereiser, an Ellensburg native and King County prosecutor, gained a little ground on Schrier in the latest ballot counts since primary election night, closing the gap from a 1,261-vote margin. Rossi got 43.2 percent of votes.
But Rittereiser would have needed an insurmountable percentage of the remaining votes to secure the second-place spot for November. On Monday night, he said the latest ballot release shows "the path to victory is unlikely."
Only about 8,000 remain uncounted in the Eighth Congressional District, which spans eastern King and Pierce counties and part of Central Washington. Kittitas County, which includes Ellensburg, has no remaining ballots left, according to the election website.
"This race has always been greater than any one individual," Rittereiser said in a statement. "I care deeply about this district, and as Democrats, we must win this seat. The best thing for our party, the district, and our nation, is to come together to ensure we take back control of Congress and put a check on the Trump administration."