SPOKANE -- In the Congressional race for U.S. House District 5, incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) will face North by Northwest executive Rich Cowan (D).
Both of the candidates say they are pleased with Tuesday’s results.
Cowan celebrated at the Democrat watch party in Spokane. Dozens of people showed up to support him and his fellow Democrats.
After the first batch of votes was counted Tuesday, Cowan sat about 10,000 votes behind McMorris Rodgers, but he says he is getting ready for a big campaign push.
“We're just starting our campaign. She's been out there spending a lot of money on TV. We're doing our TV a little bit later. We're really blown away. We're very very happy,” Cowan said.
McMorris Rodgers said she will also rev up her campaign by visiting as many communities as possible.
“It's gratifying. I work hard to represent this district and to be worthy of the responsibility. It's encouraging to see the response in voters in Eastern Washington,” the Congresswoman said.
McMorris Rogers said she will focus on creating jobs, completing the North Spokane Corridor, and rural health care.
Cowan said he wants to work on creating jobs, preserving Medicare and Social Security, and to provide healthcare for everyone.
McMorris Rogers has been serving in Congress since 2005. Cowan owns the production company North by Northwest in Spokane.
Tuesday’s numbers came from 72,606 ballots. Spokane County will release more results Wednesday night.
The official count will be released August 21.