SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republicans Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse were leading a crowded field of candidates in the open 4th District Congressional primary.
Didier, a former NFL star, and Newhouse, a Yakima Valley farmer, drew the most votes in early returns Tuesday evening. If the trend holds, it would be the first time in state history that two candidates of the same party advanced to the general election in a U.S. House race.
A dozen people — eight Republicans, two independents and two Democrats — were seeking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Doc Hastings.
Washington has a top-two primary system, meaning that the top two vote-getters regardless of party affiliation advance to the general election.
The 4th District in central Washington, which includes Yakima and the Tri-Cities, hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1992.