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Hastings is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Democrats in Washington’s 4th District don’t have much of a choice on their ballot: a Republican, or another Republican.
The Evergreen State’s primary allows the top two vote recipients to proceed to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. In the open-seat race to succeed Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., Republicans won the top two slots for general election’s mail-in ballot.
So what’s a Democrat to do?
“I haven’t decided yet. I have my ballot in my purse,” laughed Mary Baechler, a Democrat who challenged Hastings in 2012. “You want to help me out with that?”