WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will make a campaign appearance Wednesday with one of the two Republicans who hope to succeed him in Washington’s 4th Congressional District.
Hastings will make a joint announcement with Dan Newhouse at the Richland Community Center at 10 a.m. Jim Keough, a spokesman for Newhouse, declined to say whether Hastings will be issuing an endorsement.
Newhouse, a former director of he Washington State Department of Agriculture, finished second to tea party-favorite Clint Didier in the August primary. Didier led the 12-candidate field with 33,965, or 31.8 percent, of the votes. Newhouse received 27,326, or 25.6 percent, of the votes.
The two will appear on the November general election ballot to succeed Hastings. Hastings, of Pasco, announced in February he will retire in January after 20 years in Congress.
Didier’s campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Newhouse served under former Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire. He previously served six years in the Washington House of Representatives. His success in
November will be determined in part by how many votes he picks up from those that were cast for other candidates during the primaries.
Among them are Republican state Sen. Janéa Holmquist and Estakio Beltran, a Democrat and former aide to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.