New Member: Jayapal Succeeds McDermott in Washington’s 7th District
McDermott is retiring after 14 terms in Congress

Jayapal will succeed Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. (Photo courtesy Pramila Jayapal Facebook page)

Democrat Pramila Jayapal will defeat fellow Democrat Brady P. Walkinshaw in Washington’s 7th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Jayapal led Walkinshaw 57 percent to 43 percent with 65 percent of precincts reporting. 

Nominees Set in Competitive Michigan House Race
Indian-American finishes first in Washington primary for safe Democratic seat

Rep. Dan Benishek's retirement set off a battleground race to replace him in Michigan's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Aug. 5 |  Voters in Washington and Michigan have selected their nominees in three open congressional seats, one of which is a battleground district.  

In Michigan's 1st District, a competitive seat in November, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary. Current GOP Rep. Dan Benishek is retiring at the end of this term.   

Congress Set to Get a Little More Diverse After Tuesday
All 3 front-runners in Washington primary would add diversity to the House

Washington state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, second from right, has benefitted from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' fundraising network. (Courtesy Pramila Jayapal for Congress)

Whoever replaces Rep. Jim McDermott  in the House of Representatives will help make the chamber more diverse.  

After holding Washington's 7th District seat for 14 terms, McDermott is retiring at the end of this Congress, leaving a vacancy in a safe Democratic seat.