Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, might be holding off on saying whether she will vote for her party’s presidential candidate, but it isn’t stopping her party from backing her.
Herrera Beutler emerged as the clear winner of Tuesday’s primary, with her most formidable Democratic challenger, state Rep. Jim Moeller of Vancouver, coming in second.
Herrera Beutler captured 53.85 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Moeller, who served as speaker pro tempore of the state House, pulled in 25.67 percent of the vote.
Herrera Beutler said she’s not taking anything for granted, but she is grateful for the affirmative nod from voters.
“What’s important to me is people have access to health care, a good job, they can thrive and raise their families,” she said Tuesday night.