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For the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives in November, they must win district WA-08. I went there to meet their challenger Darcy Burner, a little-known former Microsoft employee

By Erik Tarloff   November 2006

Washington state’s 8th congressional district (WA-08), comprising an assortment of Seattle suburbs, has been in Republican hands ever since it was created in the early 1980s. Despite this consistency, it is not regarded as intrinsically “red.” Home to Microsoft, its voters tend to be liberal on social issues while leaning conservative on fiscal questions. In presidential elections, they voted for Bill Clinton twice, for Al Gore and for John Kerry. In other words, WA-08 may be considered a swing district, despite never having actually swung.

Nevertheless, for Democrats, the congressional seat has always remained tantalisingly out of reach. Part of…

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