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August 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Seattle Democrat’s bid to unseat Jim McDermott fizzles fast

An upstart bid to force an intraparty general election in the Seattle-area Congressional district appears to have fallen far short.

Andrew Hughes, a Democrat and 30-year-old tax attorney, took just about 6 percent of the early returns, not nearly enough to face Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle.

Instead, McDermott will face Republican attorney Ron Bemis, who was at about 15 percent.

McDermott, a 24-year incumbent, received 69.5 percent.

That would be the lowest he’s received in any election since winning the heavily-Democratic seat in 1988.

Still, McDermott said he was pleased.

“How can you not be happy with that result?” said McDermott, speaking to reporters at a primary night party at the campaign headquarters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee.

McDermott attributed the below-usual showing to the fact that the district changed by 30 percent in redistributing.

He had predicted he would receive in the mid-60′s.

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