using a median household income of more than $83,000 in 2017, Washington’s 8th District is usually wealthier than most congressional districts as well as somewhat better educated. The seat represents a diverse collection of voters, by suburban high tech workers to rural farmers.
The seat became an open race following the retirement of seven-term moderate Republican incumbent Dave Reichert.
Schrier outspent her Republican rival by a healthy margin, raising roughly $7 million, a third of the idea by out-of-state donors. Rossi raised about $4.4 million. Both also enjoyed strong outside spending support by political action committees as well as various other “soft money” groups, most of which was spent on attack ads against both candidates.
Those outside groups spent more than $16 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Some $3 million came by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The GOP spent $3.5 million via the Congressional Leadership Fund as well as nearly $2 million via the National Republican Congressional Committee.