Democrat Perez leads Kent to overthrow 3rd Congressional District

By Becca Robbins, Colombian Writer
Posted on Columbian.com: Nov. 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Updated: Nov 13, 2022, 12:12 p.m.

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez has toppled Washington’s 3rd congressional district after new vote tallies from Clark and Thurston counties on Saturday show her fending off a late comeback bid by Republican Joe Kent.

The race was announced by The Associated Press, Seattle Times, New York Times, CNN, ABC and NBC late Saturday afternoon, with Perez leading by 4,621 votes. Perez had 154,169 votes, or 50.47%, while Kent had 149,548 votes, or 48.96%. Written votes accounted for 1,238 votes, or 0.62% of the 199,938 votes counted so far.

Perez, an auto shop owner and Skamania County resident, declared the victory in a statement, in which she called the race “an indicator of the direction of our politics and the strength of our democracy.”

“I am humbled and humbled by the vote of confidence the people of Southwestern Washington have given me and my campaign,” Perez wrote in the statement. “Until the end, experts and distant forecasters said that this race could not be won. They ruled out the possibility that a moderate Democrat focused on prioritizing the needs of this district rather than partisan scoring could win in a rural, working-class district.

Kent, who went to the general election with a belated wave of support in the August primary, did not experience a similar wave against Perez. On Saturday, he got just 338 votes over Perez, still leading by 4,621, according to the secretary of state’s website.

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