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WA 8: Segregating it out

More, it seems, than in most races (short of the presidential) there’s been a lot of bad information running around about the contest in Washington’s House District 8, where Republican incumbent Dave Reichert is defending against Democratic challenger Darcy Burner.

Check out this Wall Street Journal sum-up of the race, which is (to be sure) laded with corrections already at the bottom.

And the items that didn’t make the corrections section. District 8 is defined here as having a “rural heart,” being “mostly rural.” Well, the acreage is, maybe (though even that’s debatable); what this really is, is suburban, and rapidly identifying with the big urban center a few miles west, Seattle.

Nor did the article well describe the (now-famous) techy t-shirt art () Burner wore at the site of her burning house.

It’s a race wirth the highlighting, though – as close as any, with shifting dynamics. As ith so many congressional races around the country, in the last couple of weeks there’s a loss of Republican ground and a gain by Democrats; three weeks ago, Reichert seemed narrowly ahead, now Burner seems to have a little ground. And since Washington voters already are casting ballots, that shifting turf makes prediction ever more dicey. But sitting here a week out, it’s looking more as if Burner will turn around the results from two years ago . . .

If we’ve got our information straight.

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