Tea Party Movement

Democrats try to flip Washington district for the first time

Democrats are trying to flip an open U.S. House seat in Washington state that's been in GOP hands since it was created nearly three decades ago, running a political newcomer and national party favorite against a well-known Republican in a race that could be critical to controlling the chamber.

As part of a surge of women seeking office for the first time, Dr. Kim Schrier's candidacy will test how far a "blue wave" can go in the only congressional district that substantially blends Washington's wide-ranging political spectrum, from the ultraliberal far eastern Seattle suburbs to solidly conservative rural areas.

Millions of dollars of outside money has poured in to...