The eight-person race for what is considered a secure Republican seat included seven Republicans and one Democrat. In the final leg of the race, Newhouse channeled resources to attack Culp, the 2020 GOP nominee for governor.
Heading into Tuesday, GOP operatives felt more confident about Newhouse’s chances after the Republican Main Street Partnership’s super PAC invested $1.2 million in an advertising blitz, airing three spots a week. A poll commissioned by the group showed the ads were working and Culp’s standing had dropped from a previous survey.
The licensee also aired nearly $500,000 in ads, using recent spots to go after Culp.
In the neighboring 3rd District, the fate of another Republican supporter of Trump’s impeachment is still uncertain. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is locked in a close race with another Trump-endorsed challenger for second place in the general election in that district.