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Carolyn Long concedes 3rd Congressional District race to Jaime Herrera Beutler

Long blames redistricting in 2010 for putting the Southwest Washington district out of reach of Democratic control

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON — A fund balance of $3.85 million and the first mid-term elections of a Republican president weren’t enough to flip Washington’s hotly contested 3rd Congressional District. Jaime Herrera Beutler will be headed back to the nation’s capital for a fifth term after WSU Vancouver Political Science professor Carolyn Long conceded the race on Wednesday evening.

Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Image courtesy Google Maps
Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Image courtesy Google Maps

The second round of vote counting showed the Republican incumbent stretching her lead to more than 13,000 votes with 82 percent counted.

“What we’ve built on this campaign is greater than one person — it’s a movement of folks from all over Southwest Washington that cannot and will not end with this election.” said Long in an e-mailed statement. “We ran a civil campaign that I can look back on with pride knowing that we stayed focused on the issues that matter to people in my district.”

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler talks with reporters inside the Clark County building on election night. Photo by Mike Schultz
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler talks with reporters inside the Clark County building on election night. Photo by Mike Schultz

Long’s campaign raised $3.85 million, a million dollars more than her opponent. Her statement points to 2010 redistricting as the primary reason no other Democrat has been able to come closer than 20 percentage points of Herrera Beutler. By those measures, a six-point loss can be painted as almost something of a victory for Democrats in the district.

For her part, Herrera Beutler says the 3rd Congressional District is not heavily Republican, and admits she was nervous leading up to the race. She says the experience of facing a true challenge has left her “humbled” but “grateful,” and that she’s hopeful she can work with the new Democratic leadership in Congress.

WSU Vancouver professor Carolyn Long speaks during a campaign event. Photo by Mike Schultz
WSU Vancouver professor Carolyn Long speaks during a campaign event. Photo by Mike Schultz

ClarkCountyToday.com will have more from Herrera Beutler in the coming days about her goals for a fifth term, and how she hopes to get things done despite the changing of power in the House of Representatives.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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