Political science professor Carolyn Long appears poised to make a second challenge to unseat Southwest Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler.
Long, a Vancouver Democrat, announced Tuesday that she will hold rallies in Centralia, Longview and Vancouver on Monday to announce “incredibly exciting news.”
Those three cities are the largest in the 3rd Congressional District. Herrera Beutler, a Clark County Republican, was first elected to the represent the district in 2010. She retained the seat in 2018, despite the national tide that swept Democrats into control of the U.S. House of Representatives and a spirited, lavishly funded and well-organized campaign by Long.
The race appeared close, but Herrera Beutler ultimately captured 53% of vote. The outcome was further evidence of how far the district has swung Republican in the last two decades. Long tried to position herself as a moderate in the race.
Long campaigned heavily in Cowlitz County in 2018 but ended up losing the county to the incumbent, who won here with 56% percent of the vote. However, Clark County has the vast majority of the 3rd District electorate, and Long won there by capturing 51% of the vote to 49% for Herrera Beutler. That was not enough to overcome Herrera Beutler’s margins in the other counties of the 3rd District.
Earlier this spring, Democrat Peter Khalil, a professional mediator from Vancouver, announced his own bid to challenge Herrera Beutler in 2020. Long would be the second Democrat to challenge for the position.
So far, Long’s campaign committee has not reported raising any money in the first quarter of the year. Herrera Beutler has more than $250,000 in the bank, while Long’s campaign has $11,000 remaining. Khalil’s campaign did not report any data during the first quarter of the year. The rally in Longview will begin at 2 p.m. at the Woman’s Club at 835 21st Ave. She will also be in Centralia at 11 a.m. and Vancouver at 6 p.m.