The reality of Central Washington’s place in the still-young Eighth Congressional District hit home Tuesday as Dr. Kim Schrier, a Democrat, defeated Republican Dino Rossi.
Schrier received 53 percent of the vote to Rossi’s 47 percent.
Created in 2012 by the state’s redistricting committee, the Eighth District includes parts of Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas counties on the east side of the Cascades and parts of King and Pierce counties on the west side.
Republican U.S. Representative Dave Reichert has held the seat since its inception.
But Tuesday, King County voters flexed their muscle, handing Schrier the victory, though she lost in every other county in the district.
In fact, Rossi received more than 55 percent of the vote in all counties not named King.
In Douglas County, he was favored by almost 62 percent of voters.
But the nearly 58 percent of the vote Schrier received in King County propelled her to the relatively comfortable victory.