The Associated Press has called Washington’s 3rd Congressional District race, giving the seat to Democratic candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.
Small business owner Gluesenkamp Perez beat Trump-backed Joe Kent in a conservative region of southwest Washington state. https://t.co/RZ6Gy9gqIS
— NPR (@NPR) November 13, 2022
According to the latest tally, with 70% of the vote counted, Democrat Perez is ahead of his Republican opponent Joe Kent by a margin of 4,621. Thanks to Perez, the Democrats reclaimed a seat that the Republicans had controlled since 2011.
Jaime Herrera Beutler, a former Republican representative who lost her primary election after supporting impeaching President Trump for his role in the January 2021 Capitol Hill riot, has resigned from her position in Congress.
Gluesenkamp Perez, who, along with her husband, manages a repair business on the opposite side of the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, has asserted that she more directly reflects the interests of district residents because she has a small firm and lives in a rural location.
Kent, a supporter of President Trump and a former Green Beret, has called for an investigation into the upcoming 2020 election as well as the impeachment of President Joe Biden.
When the AP made their call, Kent tweeted, “What the media states are immaterial. It’s another fiction intended to prevent people from ballot casting and to drive me to concede – not going to happen.” Kent was sure that he would not surrender the election.
There are still unofficial results for more than two dozen congressional battles around the country, and all the Republicans need to do to seize control of the house is win seven of those contests.
The results of the midterm elections held on Tuesday were favorable for Republican candidates, who won 211 of the chamber’s 435 members, falling just shy of the 218 seats required for a majority.