Man… I need to spend more time reading those Eastern Washington blogs.
Way back on Tuesday, EWpolitics.com reported that the DCCC has added the 5th Congressional District (Peter Goldmark vs. Cathy McMorris) to its short list of targeted campaigns around the nation.
Achim Bergmann, the Western regional director for the DCCC said that they made the choice because new poll numbers showed Goldmark just two points away from McMorris.
“A targeted race is the party’s designation that a candidate is showing potential for winning an opposition seat”
Why is the DCCC taking interest in a race the sleepy Spokane media has apparently written off? Well it could be the surprising weakness McMorris has shown in recent polls. Or it could be the shocker that Goldmark outraised the incumbent in the previous quarter, despite his late start. Or perhaps it’s McMorris’s close identification with the President in a supposedly red district where Bush is remarkably unpopular.
Whatever the reason this is good news for Goldmark that maybe — just maybe — might provoke Eastern WA journalists to start paying attention… before bloggers and the Seattle media grab all the glory.