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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.
District Profile from Politics in America
Nestled on Washington's Puget Sound between mountain ranges to the east and west, the 1st District has become a suburban haven for employees of technology giants and biotech companies located throughout the greater Seattle area. The eastern portion of the 1st, which includes the northern borders of Lake Washington and runs along the eastern coast of the sound, accounts for more than 80 percent of the district's population. Naval bases spur the economy on the west side of the sound.
Layoffs at aviation, computer software and manufacturing companies hurt the local economy in the last decade, but the district's median household income remains high ($72,000) and residents hold white-collar, high-tech jobs. Bothell, in southern Snohomish County, has a strong biotech and biomedical equipment sector.
Tourism is important to the 1st. Travelers can take a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island or drive north on Interstate 5 to one of the casinos in the 2nd District. The Sammamish River Valley is home to leading Washington wineries and outdoor recreation sites, while the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour attracts visitors to Mukilteo.
Democrats have the edge in the district, with its well-educated, socially liberal professionals. The King and Snohomish portions of the district have stronger Democratic leans, but Patty Murray also won the 1st's chunk of Kitsap in the 2010 U.S. Senate election.
Software, military, tourism
Naval Base Kitsap, 15,600 military, 13,700 civilian (shared with the 6th); Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, 25 military, 1,500 civilian (2011)
Kirkland (pt.), 48,126; Redmond (pt.), 40,336; Edmonds, 39,709; Lynnwood, 35,836; Shoreline (pt.), 35,802; Bothell, 33,505
Poulsbo is home to the annual Scandinavian celebration Viking Fest; the Junior Softball World Series is played each summer in Kirkland.
|2010||general||Jay Inslee (D)||172,642||57.7%|
|James Watkins (R)||126,737||42.3%|
|2008||general||Jay Inslee (D)||233,780||67.8%|
|Larry Ishmael (R)||111,240||32.2%|
|2006||general||Jay Inslee (D)||163,832||67.7%|
|Larry Ishmael (R)||78,105||32.3%|
|2004||general||Jay Inslee (D)||204,121||62.3%|
|Randy Eastwood (R)||117,850||36%|
|Charles Moore (LIBERT)||5,798||1.8%|
|2002||general||Jay Inslee (D)||114,087||55.6%|
|Joe Marine (R)||84,696||41.3%|
|Mark Wilson (LIBERT)||6,251||3%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 62%||John McCain: 36%|
|2004||John Kerry: 56%||George W. Bush: 42%|
|2000||Al Gore: 53%||George W. Bush: 42%|