Democrat Suzan DelBene could start voting in Congress in the lame-duck session that starts Tuesday, after Secretary of State Sam Reed wrote a letter saying she is expected to win the special election to serve the remainder of Jay Inslee’s term in the 1st Congressional District. She had 61 percent of the special-election vote Tuesday night.
DelBene also won in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District, beating John Koster for a regular term that will begin in January. The letter clears the way for her to go to Washington, D.C., and be sworn in even before all the ballots are counted and certified here.
Inslee’s old district leans Democratic, so DelBene’s win was expected. The new 1st is a swing district.
The election results won’t be official until Dec. 6, but Congressional leaders indicated a letter from the Secretary of State expressing confidence that DelBene had been elected would be sufficient for her to get started on her short, unexpired term.
DelBene’s campaign spokesman, Viet Shelton, said she plans to go to Washington D.C., next week for new member orientation on Tuesday. She will be sworn in as soon as possible.