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ELECTION 98 MAIN|
|REMOTE NAVIGATOR
REAL-TIME RESULTS: SENATE | HOUSE | GOVERNORS | BALLOTS

BALANCE OF POWER

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SENATE
GOP:
DEMS:

55
45

55
45

0
0
HOUSE
GOP:
DEMS:
IND:

228
206
1

223
211
1

-5
+5
0
GOVERNOR
GOP:
DEMS:
IND:

32
17
1

31
17
2

-1
0
+1

RACE RESULTS

Washington's 3rd district


CQ PROFILES

Winner: Brian Baird

Don Benton


ELECTION '98

Washington state summary

Washington primary results (9-16-98)


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GOP loses Washington's 3rd district to Democrat Baird

(AllPolitics, November 3) -- Democrat Brian Baird defeated Republican state Sen. Don Benton to claim southwestern Washington's 3rd congressional district. The win marks a pickup for the Democrats.

Brian Baird
Brian Baird  

Baird, a professor and psychologist making his second bid for the seat, will replace Republican Rep. Linda Smith, who gave up her post to run unsuccessfully for the Senate.

Though the seat has been in Republican hands, it has tilted Democratic. President Bill Clinton carried it by nine points in 1992 and by 11 points in 1996, and Smith won re-election by fewer than 1,000 votes in 1996.

In fact, Baird outpolled Smith on election night that year, only to lose the race when absentee ballots were counted.

Baird's campaign experience, combined with an open seat, put him in a much better position to win compared with 1996. He moved early to line up endorsements.

On the Republican side, Benton defeated Pat Fiske, Smith's top aide, in the September 15 primary.

Baird is a psychology professor at Pacific Lutheran University, while Benton is founder and chief executive officer of the Benton Group, a sales and management consulting firm.

Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg contributed to this report.


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