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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
The most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is nicknamed the "Emerald City," and it remains the gem of the Evergreen State. The city anchors the 7th, which is diverse, liberal and well-educated. From the top of the iconic Space Needle, tourists can see the Seattle skyline and both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
The 7th is home to technology industry leaders such as Amazon.com and other large corporations such as coffee giant Starbucks. Amazon opened a new campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates billions of dollars annually to global health and development projects and to national education and technology projects, moved into its new headquarters by the Space Needle. Seattle also has emphasized the development of biotech businesses. The maritime industry -- centered around the bustling Port of Seattle -- remains a major employer. The University of Washington also is in the 7th. Despite economic diversity here, budget shortfalls and city government layoffs concern residents.
Seattle has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion, but local officials hope multi-use development downtown and a multibillion-dollar expansion of the region's light-rail network will alleviate some of the pressure.
The percentage of Seattle residents who describe themselves as members of two races is nearly double the national average. At 14 percent, Asians make up Seattle's largest minority population and have influenced the International District. The Capitol Hill and University District neighborhoods are destinations for both residents and tourists.
The 7th's urban setting and large population of minorities and singles make it a liberal bastion. Democratic candidates regularly dominate the district in all races. In the 2010 U.S. Senate election, Democratic incumbent Patty Murray won 81 percent of the district's vote.
Internet technology, computer software, trade, health care, aviation
Seattle (pt.), 597,095; Shoreline (pt.), 17,205
The Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded in 1898 at a Seattle shipyard.
|2010||general||Jim McDermott (D)||232,649||83%|
|Bob Jeffers-Schroder (I)||47,741||17%|
|2008||general||Jim McDermott (D)||291,963||83.6%|
|Steve Beren (R)||57,054||16.3%|
|2006||general||Jim McDermott (D)||195,462||79.4%|
|Steve Beren (R)||38,715||15.7%|
|Linnea Noreen (I)||11,956||4.9%|
|2004||general||Jim McDermott (D)||272,302||80.7%|
|Carol Cassady (R)||65,226||19.3%|
|2002||general||Jim McDermott (D)||156,300||74.1%|
|Carol Cassady (R)||46,256||21.9%|
|Stan Lippmann (LIBERT)||8,447||4%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 83%||John McCain: 15%|
|2004||John Kerry: 79%||George W. Bush: 19%|
|2000||Al Gore: 72%||George W. Bush: 21%|