McMorris Rodgers, Brown Practically Tied for Washington’s 5th District

Democratic poll shows challenger closing in on highest-ranking woman in Congress

A poll conducted for Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown found she was in a statistical dead heat with 14-year-incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, pictured here, in Washington’s 5th congressional district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Economist Lisa Brown further closed the gap in her race against longtime incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers according to a poll Brown’s campaign released Tuesday.

Brown had 46 percent of the vote while McMorris Rodgers had 49 percent in the poll conducted by FM3 Research. The margin of error was +/- 4.3 percentage points.

“Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers stands with her party and delivers talking points, but she’s increasingly losing touch with the priorities of eastern Washington,” Brown said in a press release.

McMorris Rodgers’ campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

McMorris Rodgers has represented eastern Washington’s fifth district for 14 years and is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress. The poll found that her favorability rating has declined by 5 points since July, while the rating for Congress overall was unchanged.

Brown is a former professor at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. She served in the state legislature for 20 years. She is also part of the Democratic Congressional Committee’s Red to Blue Program, which funnels supports to candidates in seats the committee considers “flippable.”

The district is rated Lean Republican by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales.

The telephone poll of likely November voters in the district was conducted September 16-20 over landline and cell phones.

The candidates met in their first public debate on Sept. 19. 

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