Race for Washington's 3rd congressional seat comes down to the wire

Carolyn Long, left, and Jamie Herrera-Beutler are contending for Washington's 3rd congressional seat. KATU photo

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The showdown continues on Election Day between incumbent Jamie Herrera-Beutler and challenger Carolyn Long for Washington’s 3rd congressional seat.

The political advertisements have been brutal in this contest.

As with many tight races around the country, they’re firing back and forth on topics ranging from their qualifications for the job to a new interstate bridge.

Congresswoman Herrera-Beutler says she would fight tolls on the Oregon side of the Interstate Bridge. At the federal level, she’s already put in some work.

“As the federal representative, I fought to make sure there’s over $3 billion in different accounts that are available. So, when that proposal comes forward and it meets most consensus and it’s going to solve our problems, that money is available for that federal grant,” Herrera-Beutler said.

Long said she plans to work with Oregon.

“So, I’m going to bring an approach where I can bring the Washington delegation along in order to get federal funding, but also reach across the river to bridge the gap, as you said, Deb, to make sure that we have Oregon legislators in congress on board and then we’ll work with our legislative delegation to secure funding to help get that bridge,” Long said.

The race for the seat will likely be down to the wire.

Some speculate it may be so close, we might not have results until late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

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