Herrera Beutler's defeat rewrites the political landscape in Southwest Washington

Political analysts say the surprise result makes the general election trajectory less predictable for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler conceded defeat in Washington’s primary election Tuesday night, dramatically upending a political status quo that had held for more than a decade in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and far-right Republican Joe Kent, both political newcomers, are the top two finishers who will advance to a November runoff.

It’s a sharp swerve for the conservative Southwest Washington district where Herrera Beutler has been essentially untouchable since she first won the seat in 2010. 

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