Sister District for Manka Dhingra (WA-45)
WHY IS THIS RACE IMPORTANT?
Republicans control the Washington State Senate, but barely! They have a narrow, 25-24 functional majority. Democrats already control the governor’s office and the House of Representatives, but they hold the majority by just one vote. Winning the 45th would give Democrats the ability to pass any bill they want. The race will be won or lost by the voter engagement operations each party is able to build, to get voters to pay attention to the candidates and mail in their ballots without the pull of a presidential election.
HISTORY OF THE SEAT
The 45th District Senate seat was originally left vacant when Senator Andy Hill died in October of 2016. Dino Rossi currently holds the seat. He has run for governor as a Republican twice, and once for U.S. senator. He said he would be willing to fill Hill’s seat for a year but will not campaign for re-election.
August 1, 2017: Primary election
November 7, 2017: General election