Marie Gluesenkamp Perez projected to win, flip Washington’s 3rd District

Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 11:57 AM PST
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CLARK COUNTY Wash. (KPTV) — Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a local auto shop owner and unknown candidate, is in the national spotlight as she’s projected to pull off a major upset in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race for Democratic candidate Gluesenkamp Perez as the projected winner on Saturday.

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“I am thrilled. I am so honored and humbled with this opportunity to serve the third congressional district. We’re ready to get to work,” Gluesenkamp Perez said.

Experts said the 3rd District has consistently leaned Republican since redistricting in 2010, so this political upset would flip southwest Washington and send a Democrat to Congress.

Political science associate professor Mark Stephan of Washington State University Vancouver said this could help re-define who the voters are in southwest Washington and he thinks several factors could be contributing.

“The movement away from Roe v. Wade decision from the 1970s has actually galvanized a lot of moderate women to re-think their alignment with the Republican party,” Stephan said. “Could be that more moderate, Republican, women in particular have shifted their votes to Gluesenkamp Perez.”

Gluesenkamp Perez said her win shows that voters support what she believes in and stands for, while rejecting Trump-endorsed Republican Joe Kent’s message.

“I think we’re tired of the extremes having all the oxygen,” Gluesenkamp Perez said. “It’s time to bring things back to the middle.”

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While Joe Kent’s campaign told FOX 12 they had no comment, Kent posted on Twitter that he will not be forced to concede until all ballots have been cured.

Election officials said ballot curing forms must be received by Nov. 28 for the vote to count.