Local Politics

McMorris Rodgers, Cowan advance in 5th District

SPOKANE, Wash. - Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers came out with a commanding lead in Tuesday night's primary and will be facing Democrat Rich Cowan in the general election in November.

McMorris Rodgers, the vice chair of the House Republican Conference, is leading the race for her seat in Congress with 54-percent of the vote.

"I'm honored with the support we got tonight. We are going to continue to work hard. Get around the 10 counties of eastern Washington, and make sure that I continue to run strong and run a campaign that reflects the values of this region," McMorris Rodgers said.

Former film company executive Rich Cowan captured 34-percent of the vote Tuesday night and will face McMorris Rodgers in November, though if he has his say, Cowan will be facing her ten times between now and the general election.

"I'm sending a letter to my opponent tomorrow. We're asking for 10 debates. Let's really talk about the issues our electorate deserves a frank and honest discussion about the main things that are important to us in this district," Cowan said.