Congressional candidate James Watkins (R) has withdrawn from the 1st Congressional district race, endorsed John Koster (R) and joined Koster’s campaign. In Watkins’ release, he says
“I find it ironic that in 2012 we’ll be facing several millionaire Democrats for the privilege of representing working Washingtonians – and they’ve shown they’re willing to spend their millions to buy a Congressional seat. In my view, the only way to win this seat for fiscally conservative Washingtonians is to unite behind a single candidate RIGHT NOW. So today, I’m withdrawing from the race and will support and endorse John Koster.”
It appears as if some Republicans were worried about spliting the fiscally conservative vote in the August Top 2 primary and allowing Democrats Suzan DelBene and Darcy Burner to be the two candidates to make it through to the general election.
With six Democrats currently in the race, this reporter does not understand this concern. This district is a swing district that most analysts view as 50/50 whether it will go Democrat or Republican. Even with Watkins in the race, it is difficult to imagine a circumstance where Koster does not make it to the general election. There are just too many Democrats in the field splitting the vote.
No matter, there are now 6 Democrats and 1 Republican in the field. It will be interesting to see which Democrat makes it through to face Koster in the general election. Many of the Democrats are solid candidates and it is not clear who will make it through the primary.