WASHINGTON — Amid an intensely contentious presidential race, polls show American politics are marked by a near-unprecedented division along partisan lines, but the candidates in Washington’s two most closely contested House races are bucking that trend. In the state’s 3rd and 8th congressional districts, Democrats and Republicans alike are highlighting their willingness to work across party lines.
The two districts are the state’s only congressional constituencies that span the Cascade Mountains. Both are politically diverse “purple” districts where neither party can take winning for granted, and recent projections suggest both races could come down to the wire in this year’s election.
In the 8th district, which stretches from the eastern suburbs of Seattle and Tacoma across the Cascades to Wenatchee and Ellensburg, freshman Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier is facing Republican Jesse Jensen two years after she flipped the previously GOP-held seat.