Bellevue, September 21 –The Washington State Republican Party issued the following statement following the 2017 Annual Dinner:
Dino Rossi Announces Candidacy for WA-8 at WSRP Annual Dinner
This evening, at the Washington State Republican Party’s Annual Dinner in Bellevue, Sen. Dino Rossi announced his candidacy for Washington State’s 8th Congressional District. The election in November 2018 is an open seat since Congressman Dave Reichert announced that he will not seek re-election.
Democrats have claimed that they expect to flip the seat—a doubtful outcome, since the seat has been held by a Republican since the district was created in 1983. Dino Rossi has won the district by at least 55% in every race where his name appeared on the ballot in the 8th. Furthermore, almost all Republicans running for statewide seats in 2016 won in the district by wide margins. In the Presidential race, the conservative candidates combined to win more than 50% of the vote.
The crowd’s response to Sen. Rossi’s announcement tonight proved that he will have strong support in the 2018 race. Republican Chairman Susan Hutchison said tonight, “Democrats should prepare for an uphill battle if they plan to challenge one of Washington’s beloved Republicans in a historically conservative district.”