Schrier wins re-election in Washington’s 8th Congressional District

U.S Rep. Kim Schrier, a Democrat from Sammamish, wins third-term, defeats challenger Matt Larkin.

Democrat incumbent Kim Schrier has won a third term in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, defeating Republican challenger Matt Larkin.

The Associated Press called the race for Schrier on Thursday, Nov. 10. She holds a 53% to 46% lead over Larkin, as of Saturday.

The race between Schrier and Larkin was expected to be tight, with national election experts labeling it as a toss up. Millions of dollars in outside spending were directed at both candidates, with the contest at the forefront of control over the U.S. House of Representatives.

Schrier, a Sammamish pediatrician, is the only Democrat to ever hold office in the battle ground 8th district, which includes parts of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Chelan, Kittitas and Douglas counties.

Larkin, an attorney and co-owner of a Bothell-based manufacturing company, ran a tough-on-crime platform that also focused on reducing federal spending.

Schrier’s campaign focused on abortion rights, and legislation she co-sponsored that capped prescription drug prices and brought funding for police and infrastructure improvements back to Washington.