Tight race in 5th District
Spokane, Feb. 13, 2018, The Lisa Brown campaign releases a statement on a new poll.
The 5th District congressional race is unusually close, according to a February poll of likely voters released by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is ahead by only four points, and the difference is within the margin of error.
The poll results are remarkable given the large margins McMorris Rodgers has rolled up in previous re-election bids. The four-point difference represents a 16-point swing from the 2016 race. The survey found that respondents had a net positive view of Brown and a net negative view of McMorris Rodgers. Brown received significant support from crossover voters.
”People appreciate my background as an economist, track record of getting things done for our region, and work on the WSU medical school,” Brown said. “In community meetings from Republic to Walla Walla, I hear that people want their representative to deliver results on things they care about, like health care costs, rather than deliver their party’s talking points”
In other signs of the Brown campaign’s growing strength:
She has raised more money in four months than each of the previous four Democratic challengers raised overall. Over 90 percent of donations are from individuals (as opposed to PACS and other groups).
The respected Cook Political Report has reclassified this race to account for McMorris Rodgers’ growing vulnerability.
The Paul Ryan Super PAC has moved into Spokane to spend “dark money” donations against Brown. House leadership is worried about losing this seat.
Over 3,000 people have donated to the campaign, and more than 1,500 have signed up to volunteer.